Takai campaign fund questions
There’s something unseemly when, in the 18 months after a political candidate has died, his campaign committee’s treasurer has received nearly $90,000 for consulting services. Whether legalities have been breached, though, is questionable in this case of Dylan Beesley, who was treasurer of the re-election campaign for the late U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, a campaign aborted in May 2016 amid Takai’s cancer battle; he died about two months later.
Federal Election Commission records show Takai’s campaign collected $1.1 million for that re-election bid and spent about $791,800 through December 2016. To date, the campaign has refunded at least $177,000 in contributions.
Since Takai’s death, though, $86,508 went to Beesley’s Lanakila Strategies, a consulting firm that’s listed as “not in good standing” with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for not submitting business registration filings for 2016 and 2017.
That cloud might be migrating over today’s congressional candidacy of state Attorney General Doug Chin, who on Friday said he’s keeping Beesley as his campaign manager and expressed confidence that rules have been followed since the FEC is highly regulated with reports going through compliance reviews.
Still, it would have been better for all involved, including donors who gave to Takai, if the late congressman’s campaign fund had been cleanly reconciled well before now. >> By Gene Weingarten
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