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Extra: Lang Wants Rauner Campaign Finance Reports Probe

Extra: Lang Wants Rauner Campaign Finance Reports Probe

(Chicago) – House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) has a sent a letter to Illinois election authorities asking them to investigate GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s campaign for its for failure to disclose legally mandated expenditures in its campaign finance reports.

“By failing to report the identify and compensation of campaign staff members Chip Englander and Mike Schrimpf, for example, the State Board of Elections should launch an investigation of Bruce Rauner’s campaign finance reports because the law’s requirements are clear,” said Lang. “Flouting state campaign finance law is unacceptable – even for billionaires.”

Lang sent his letter on Wednesday to Illinois State Board of Elections Chairman Jesse Smart.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, Rauner reported payments of $269,166.20 to Paylocity for the compensation – “payroll”, “payroll taxes”, and “payroll fees” – of his staff and consultants without disclosing their identity. Additionally, the Rauner campaign disclosed payments of $11,629 paid to Blue Cross Blue Shield for “campaign health insurance”.

“If you have ‘campaign health insurance’, you have campaign staff,” Lang said.

Lang pointed to Illinois campaign finance law that requires the disclosure of “each person to whom an expenditure for personal services, salaries, and reimbursed expenses in excess of $150 has been made”.

From the Illinois campaign finance law:

10 ILCS 5/9-11) (from Ch. 46, par. 9-11)
Sec. 9-11. Financial reports. (a) Each quarterly report of campaign contributions, expenditures, and independent expenditures under Section 9-10 shall disclose the following:

(13) the full name and mailing address of each person to whom an expenditure for personal services, salaries, and reimbursed expenses in excess of $150 has been made and that is not otherwise reported, including the amount, date, and purpose of the expenditure.

Lang, an attorney, says the aim of state campaign finance law is to deliver transparency on both contributions and expenditures and that Rauner is “dodging” the law.

“The Rauner campaign is clearly dodging the transparency that state law on campaign finance disclosure demands,” said Lang. “Illinois election officials should immediate begin an investigation into Mr. Rauner’s compliance with state law.”

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