An attorney for Secretary of State Natalie Tennant‘s office found the Team Mingo 2012 political action committee accepted inappropriate contributions but did not violate state law.
The finding points out a major loophole in state law: even though a campaign donation might be made illegally, it is not illegal for a PAC to accept that donation.
As Dave reports for today’s paper, the Secretary of State’s office investigated $3,700 Team Mingo received during the 2012 election season from the campaigns of Walt Helmick (who was elected Agriculture Commissioner last year), Treasurer John Perdue (who was successfully re-elected), state Sen. Art Kirkendoll (appointed to the Senate after Earl Ray Tomblin became Governor, elected to the office last year) and unsuccessful state Senate candidate Mark Wills. All are Democrats.
In other news…
- The state Senate chambers are in the midst of a pretty extensive painting and cleaning process. It’ll cost about $150,000.
- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is defending his office against allegations he bullied a Clarksburg group from accepting a $365,000 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to hire Affordable Care Act “Navigators.” Last month, I wrote about the group’s efforts to bulk up security checks.
- Dave’s new nickname is “The Paper.”
Tags: Affordable Care Act, Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Mark Wills, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Sen. Art Kirkendoll, Team Mingo, Treasurer John Perdue, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services