Friday April 27, 2012 | 03:23 PM

State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Poliquin did not receive his $5,000 check from a Texas PAC until after a federal reporting deadline, according to the Republican strategist who coordinates the PAC.

“He didn’t get it until April,” said Rob Jesmer, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

That's important, at least to close observers of the primary race, because it helps explains why Poliquin didn't have to file a recent financial disclosure report along with all the other candidates.

Jesmer oversees Alamo, a political action committee created by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. As I  wrote in a blog post earlier this week, Alamo sent $5,000 checks to Poliquin and four other Republican candidates in March.

While the other four candidates reported March financial activity that included the donation, Poliquin did not file any report.

Poliquin's check was disbursed on March 6 along with several of the oters, but it took Alamo longer to get a correct mailing address for Poliquin's campaign than it did for the others.

“There was an address mixup so it did not get to him until after the (April 1) deadline,”  Jesmer said today.

Any candidate who raised or spent more than $5,000 by March 31 was required to file a financial disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission. Poliquin is the only one of 10 Republican and Democratic candidates in the race who did not file a report on  fundraising and spending though March. The treasurer also declined to disclose his campaign's financial activity when asked by a reporter.

All 10 candidates in the June 12 primary will have to file updated financial disclosure reports at the end of May.


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