Bert W. Smith, one of five officials of D.C. City Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis' 1984 reelection campaign accused in an audit of campaign finance violations, said through his attorney yesterday that he had "no role" in the campaign.
Amy Goldson, Smith's attorney, said Smith had agreed to act as treasurer for Jarvis' campaign but that he performed no duties other than opening a bank account that was never used.
Goldson said Smith quit after less than two months because Woodrow Boggs Jr., Jarvis's political adviser and campaign manager, insisted on sharing Smith's authority to sign checks from the campaign's bank account.
An audit released Wednesday by the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance accused Jarvis (D-Ward 4), Boggs, Smith and two other campaign treasurers of a total of 16 violations of the city's campaign finance law.
The audit cited Smith, along with others, for permitting Boggs to make unauthorized payments from campaign funds; accepting individual contributions exceeding the $400 legal limit; failing to list payments totaling $26,154 on campaign finance reports, and a technical violation relating to the distribution of solicitation material.
Goldson said that Smith, an accountant, had only one meeting with Boggs, on March 22, 1984, at which they discussed opening a campaign bank account and preparing a contract for Smith to provide accounting services for the campaign. She said Smith and Boggs were to "iron out the details" of the arrangement in a meeting on April 2, but the meeting never took place.
"He never officially came on board," Goldson said. "They didn't work out the basis of their agreement."
According to Goldson, Smith did not authorize the campaign to list him as campaign treasurer on solicitation cards, never signed any checks, and did not collect any money for the campaign.
"Essentially, he had no knowledge of anything that was going on as far as the campaign committee was concerned," Goldson said.
The campaign finance audit recommended that Jarvis, Boggs, Smith and campaign treasurers Helena R. Henderson and Doraana Lindsey be charged with civil violations of the campaign finance act and fined by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.