After being quiet
for more than three months, the FBI returned to the Porter County
Administration Building on Monday and obtained campaign finance reports for
Portage Mayor James Snyder.
According to County
Voters Registration Republican Director Sundae Schoon, agents entered the
Voters Registration Office, identified themselves to her and asked for
copies of Snyder’s campaign finance reports and his Citizens for Snyder
political action committee’s report from 2011.
Schoon said she did
not recall the exact time the FBI was in her office but they were there in
the afternoon and stayed for about 10 minutes as she complied with the
request to make copies. She said the agents did not indicate what interest
they had in the reports.
Snyder emailed the
following comment to the Chesterton Tribune before deadline today: “I
have been advised that government agents have asked to review my
campaign-finance records. These records are now, and have always been,
available to the public on the Internet. In fact, to my knowledge, I was the
first public official in Porter County to post such records in a public
forum. My campaign has done nothing wrong, and we look forward to this
matter being wrapped up as expeditiously as possible.”
numerous County offices have reported visits by FBI agents collecting
Agents were in the
Porter County Auditor’s office in April and obtained payroll records for the
Expo Center from 2013.
In March, agents
collected copies of building permits for Porter Regional Hospital and its
adjoining medical center from the Porter County Plan Commission. They also
downloaded records from the Plan Commission office from the County’s
computer server in the IT office.
In addition, the
bureau so far has taken documents related to the December 2012 contract
between the County Commissioners and Porter Hospital for clinical services
in the County’s Employee Health Plan, conflict of interest disclosure
statements filed in the County Clerk’s office from 2007 to 2013, and project
bid proposals related to 2010 and 2011 contracts with the County Highway