CHICAGO - Illinois State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Chicago) has asked the Illinois State Board of Elections to investigate the campaign expenditure reports of Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. Illinois Observer reports Wednesday that Lang sent a letter, and stated:
“The Rauner campaign is clearly dodging the transparency that state law on campaign finance disclosure demands. Illinois election officials should immediate begin an investigation into Mr. Rauner’s compliance with state law.”
As reported last week by Illinois Review, the Rauner campaign has listed its payroll expenditures by grouping together all staff salaries and expenses as a single payment to a third-party payroll company. Illinois Election code requires campaigns to list salary expenditures by individual staff member, including name, address and the amount each was paid.
IR asked the Rutherford, Brady and Dillard campaigns for a reaction. Dillard campaign director Glenn Hodas responded:
"We’re looking into it, but our legal resources are very limited. And when they file a counter—complaint against us, they could literally tie us down with hearings and affidavits into oblivion. Rauner has already spent over $31,000 on legal expenses."
The Rauner campaign refused to answer our questions about the filing, or to respond to the IR.
The Illinois Election Code Section 100.70 "Reports of Contributions and Expenditure" provides explicit directions concerning third party payroll companies. If a company such a Paylocity is used to pay another, "such as a political consultant," the campaign "must include by way of details or separate entity the amount of funds passing to each vendor, business entity of person to receive funds from the payment":