Who is Harry? Whoever he is, much like Joe, he received campaign cash on a regular basis, year after year from Frank Mautino’s campaign account.
Mautino, our current Auditor General, as in our top watchdog for financial accountability in the state, would cash a check at Spring Valley Bank and on a few occasions, write in the memo section what it was for. Between 2011-2015, Harry received $7,990.00 in cash, assuming Harry actually received the full check amount. Some of the checks memo section point to repairs being done such as a basement and a fence, so we assume Harry had some kind of handyman skills like Joe. Mautino’s campaign treasurer has testified that she does not have any receipts in her possession and Mautino has pled the fifth on all matters tied to his campaign.
Where this gets interesting, and we don’t know the answer yet, is how this distribution of campaign cash to this individual was reported to the IRS. When you pay people over $600.00 there are certain IRS reporting requirements and even if those requirements were not met, the individual is required to report these earnings on their income tax as several of those payments do disclose it was for repairs or services provided to the campaign office.
Did we mention this check cashing scheme was done by our Top Watchdog, as in the Illinois Auditor General? It should be noted that not only has our Auditor General pled the fifth, he has refused to answer a single question from his employers, the General Assembly.
I think our readers get the point by now so no need to write further about Peter, Al, and Willie who were also being cited in the memo section of checks cashed by Frank Mautino.