Republican candidate Heidi Holan calls for quicker response from Mautino
"For the third time in three months legislators in Springfield are calling on newly appointed Auditor General Frank Mautino to explain his questionable spending habits revealed in his campaign accounting records," Holan, the Republican candidate for District 46, recently told the DuPage Policy Journal. “As the state-appointed official charged with auditing how taxpayer dollars are spent, it is time for the auditor general to end the delay and give an honest accounting of his campaign fund management to Illinois residents.”
Based on early year reports developed by the Edgar County Watchdogs, the Illinois Times and the Better Government Association, Mautino has allegedly mishandled or re-itemized nearly $700,000 in campaign funds by earmarking several personal expenses including $214,000 in maintenance for his personal vehicle, $274,000 to a local bank, and $94,000 in repayments for a loan with a principal that totals $26,000.
To date Mautino has refused to respond affirmatively to GOP calls for an audit of his campaign finances even though three letters, beginning with an initiation on Feb. 1, an extension on Feb. 25 at the request by Mautino, and another letter on May 5, have gone unanswered.
“Let's be clear about why we are here…it's because many politicians who defend the status quo in Springfield elected a 20-year career politician to oversee their activities," Holan said. "I am running for office because for too long political insiders have been protecting their own interests while Illinois families and businesses have suffered. Illinois has the highest unfunded pension liability in the nation and the lowest credit rating, and for the past 15 years has spent more than it has received in revenue. I'm challenging the status quo because we can do better!"
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