Omaha school board President Freddie Gray says conflict-of-interest claims against her by local Republicans are "meritless."
"It is disappointing that a group can make such a claim without any actual supporting documentation," Gray said in a statement released through an OPS spokesman Sunday night.
The Republican Party of Douglas County intended to file a complaint Friday against Gray, a Democrat, with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
As of about 10 a.m. Monday, Frank Daly, the commission's executive director, said the commission had not received a complaint.
The complaint, distributed by the Republican Party last week, alleges that while on the school board, Gray voted to allocate more than $65,000 to nonprofit organizations though her husband was serving at the time on their boards of directors.
Douglas County Democrats said the complaint was a politically-driven attempt to "smear the good name" of the Grays. They said Ben Gray, who is a member of the Omaha City Council, was an unpaid volunteer on those boards.
Republicans say Gray should have announced her conflict and abstained from voting on those expenditures.
The Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act requires school board members to disclose potential conflicts that "may cause financial benefit or detriment to him or her, a member of his or her immediate family, or a business with which he or she is associated ... "
In those cases, officials are to remove themselves from the vote, the law says.
Freddie Gray said there was no conflict of interest because her husband received no financial gain.
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