Illinois Auditor Frank Mautino has been ordered by the Illinois State Board of Elections to explain his campaign spending during his time as a state legislator.
The Spring Valley politician, a Democrat, served in the Illinois House from 1991 until last year, when he was tapped for the role of Illinois Auditor General to replace William Holland, who retired. The board of elections gave Mautino a July 1 deadline to provide details on his expenditures, which is a result of a citizen's complaint.
Mautino has faced calls for answers about his past use of campaign funds, including large payments his political committee made to a bank and a vehicle service station in Spring Valley. Twenty Illinois GOP lawmakers, led by Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville), released a letter at the start of the month seeking answers from Mautino. The Republican lawmakers began making their inquiries about his campaign spending in February.
"The auditor general is the fiscal watchdog of the state, and it is imperative that he operates in a highly ethical manner and we demand that he steps forward at this point in time and clear that up," Wehrli said, the AP reports.