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15 years of Election finance violations; Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino must resign, as should some State Board of Election members

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On August 22, 2019

Illinois (ECWd) –

On January 21, 2016, we broke the story regarding Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s legislative campaign spending in this article. Shortly after we broke the story, David Cook filed a formal State Board of Elections complaint against Frank Mautino’s campaign which was based off our findings.

As we continued to investigate matters it was evident Frank Mautino had created numerous issues of concern for himself.  We encourage everyone to review the numerous articles we wrote regarding Mautino to gain an appreciation for how bad it really is.

In October of 2017 we wrote, Will the people ever see justice in Illinois.  Almost two years later, and three years and 7 months from our first article on Mautino, we finally have vindication from the Appellate court and their findings send a clear message.

“The evidence showed (1) the cash was obtained prior to travel by Mautino, (2) the cash was obtained in whole dollar amounts, (3) Mautino would sometimes not return receipts after traveling, (4) the Committee’s treasurer did not recall an instance where Mautino deposited cash with the bank when he returned from travel with receipts for expenses totaling an amount less than the amount of cash previously obtained from the bank, (5) Mautino did not seek additional cash for unexpected traveling expenses, and (6) Mautino did not disclose any contributions relating to his personal payment of unexpected traveling expenses. Without needing to consider any possible adverse inference from Mautino’s refusal to testify, we find the manner in which the Committee paid for travel expenses over a 15-year period inevitably led to at least some portion of the cash being used for personal purposes.”

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino should resign immediately as the public can not trust our State Auditor. When our own Appellate court unanimously finds at least some portion of the Mautino campaign cash was used for personal purposes over a 15 year period and we add the fact Mautino refused to testify and invoked his 5th amendment right, his resignation must be tendered.

For those that don’t think that is enough, let’s not forget the other problems with Mautino we have exposed over the recent years.

While the public tends to hear little to nothing about federal investigations, we know Mautino was under a federal criminal investigation shortly after we broke our story in 2016. We can only wonder if the recent federal indictments against key figures in Illinois were a result of information obtained from the Mautino investigation.

Along with Mautino’s resignation, we believe three of the State Board of Elections board members involved in the recent case should also tender their resignation

Four times in the 30 page ruling from the court it was stated, “The Board’s decision to the contrary is clearly erroneous“.

Clearly erroneous!

Violations of law that we clearly were able to identify, understand, and report on were basically ignored by certain board members.

These board members inability or unwillingness to apply the very law they are supposed to be overseeing requires they step down.  This was not a simple one-off mistake or oversight.  No, this was a clear dereliction of their fiduciary duty to uphold our laws against those who violated them for reasons we may never understand. They failed the public and did so at such a gross level the public trust can not be regained.  Three of the four members involved are shown as current sitting board members on the SBE web site and they should tender their resignation immediately.

Anyone reading the court’s 30-page ruling, we are confident, will agree it is time Frank Mautino, at a minimum, to resign as Illinois Auditor General. Those who review the entire history of the State Board of Elections’ actions in this matter will also realize why we believe three remaining board members should resign as well.

APPELLATE COURT ruling in Mautino case



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  • Tracey Baker
    Posted at 13:10h, 22 August Reply

    Even if they all resign what then? No action will be takenn against them. And they will probably find a new puplic office position.

  • Dave
    Posted at 16:03h, 22 August Reply

    He is protected by Madigan

  • Dave
    Posted at 16:04h, 22 August Reply

    Dogs, I appreciate you trying to drain the swamp

  • Pete Marwick
    Posted at 08:30h, 23 August Reply

    Any report issued by his office should be taken with a grain of salt.

  • David Cooke
    Posted at 20:21h, 10 September Reply

    Thanks Kirk for uncovering the initial issues, without this would have never been accomplished.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 20:42h, 10 September Reply

      Thanks for taking the steps you took – without someone to take that step, it would have never seen the courtroom.

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