Springfield, IL (ECWd) -
As the citizens of Illinois continue to wait for answers regarding clear questionable campaign expenditures by Frank Mautino, the Illinois Auditor General, it appears the wait will continue.
In yet another delay tactic so common with political figures that get caught with their hand in a cookie jar, Mautino has once again provided no answers and more delay in a recent letter sent to State Representative Grant Wehrli.
"I have retained Bill Roberts and his law firm, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, as well as other professionals, to assist me with the examination of my closed campaign committee’s files, receipts, checks, and all other relevant documents that will enable me to respond accurately to the your inquiries."
Mautino previously released a statement in which he claimed all the expenditures were standard and reasonable and that he would release more information "at the right time."
Our first report on his spending was January 19th, 2016. To date he has not provided a single response explaining the questionable spending. He simply has his PR person claim the spending was standard and reasonable.
If the citizens of this state are to believe anything the Auditor General says he needs to come clean. Now he reports to have laywered up and hired other professionals? If the spending was standard and reasonable why would you need a lawyer and other professionals?
He claims they are there to assist him in the examination of his closed campaign files, as if telling us it's a closed campaign makes any difference. It's time for the Auditor General to release all of his campaign records so that the public can examine them and see for themselves what the truth is instead of hearing talking points from hired professionals.
This is the most recent letter Mautino released that once again failed to answer questions raised by the Representatives dating back to February 1st, 2016.
Release or Resign!
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