Honolulu Star Advertiser: Federal complaint filed against Takai campaign’s treasurer
A nonprofit campaign finance watchdog in Washington, D.C., has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the campaign treasurer for the late Congressman Mark Takai, alleging that Dylan Beesley “illegally converted the late Congressman’s leftover campaign funds to personal use.”
“Certainly the nearly $6,000 in monthly payments from the campaign account to Beesley just seemed incredibly excessive, because it’s not clear that Beesley is doing much of anything to actually earn that money,” attorney Brendan Fischer, director of federal and FEC reform at Campaign Legal Center, said in an interview. “Takai’s campaign is not active. He’s obviously not running for re-election again." Fischer said the FEC can impose fines for violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act, and if actions are found to be “knowing and willful,” can refer cases to the Department of Justice.