Wills, a Democrat, lost his bid for state Senate to Republican Bill Cole. On April 23, Wills' campaign gave $700 to Team Mingo. The campaign reports lists "campaign" as the purpose of the expenditure.
The PAC campaign statement reports a $700 contribution on the same day from Pat Wilson, Wills' campaign treasurer. It's the only listed contribution for $700 on that day. Wilson did not return a phone message.
Kirkendoll is a Democrat state senator from Logan County. On Nov. 2, 2012 his campaign gave $1,000 to Team Mingo. The purpose was "Mingo gen-elec" according to the Secretary of State's website.
It should read "Mingo gen-elec committee," said campaign treasurer Daniel Williamson. Williamson said he could not reach Kirkendoll, and did not provide further information about the nature of the expense.
Perdue is also a Democrat and has served as treasurer since 1996. He defeated Republican challenger Mike Hall in the fall.
Team Mingo campaign financial statements show a $1,000 contribution from Perdue on Nov. 2, 2012. It lists Perdue's address as "PO Box 5540, Charleston, WV." Perdue's campaign did not officially list that address for it's 2012 election filings. The address was previously used for "John Perdue for Governor," according to the Secretary of State's website.
Perdue's 2012 filings show a $1,000 donation made on Nov. 2, 2012 to "Mingo County DEC" for "sponsorship."
The Mingo County Democratic Executive Committee is an executive committee PAC. It did not receive any financial contributions during 2012, according to filings.
Perdue's filing lists a Keyser address for the "Mingo County DEC." The listed address is the one used by the Mineral County Democratic Executive Committee. It did not receive any donations from Perdue during 2012, according to the filings.
Perdue campaign treasurer Patrick Maroney did not return a phone message.
The secretary of state's office was not aware of any potential violations of this nature concerning the Team Mingo PAC.
"We're going to be making some phone calls," Glance said.
There is no specific penalty listed for a candidate's campaign giving money to an unaffiliated PAC.
The penalty for most specific violations of elections law are misdemeanors, with fines and jail time possible, according to the "offenses and penalties" section of state elections law.
"Normally, what happens is, if that happens, they have to basically give the money back and file an amended campaign finance report," Glance said.
Allegations of illegal activity surrounding elections in Mingo County are not new.
In a May 2012 article in the Daily Mail, members of both Democratic factions accused the other of illegal activity. Glance told the Daily Mail at the time the secretary of state's office was in Mingo County every day.
Sparks said it was the "cleanest election that Mingo County has seen in a while."
Rumors and speculation persist, Smith and Sparks said. Smith said there's nothing to those whispers, adding he's not aware of any wrongdoing by any elected official in Mingo County.
"What I would say as prosecuting attorney: I can't confirm or deny that there's a federal investigation," Sparks said. "Those questions should be made toward the U.S. Attorney's Office."
"I'm sure there are ways you could confirm things," he added later in the conversation.