CLEAR LAKE – It has been revealed to NorthIowaToday.com that Casey Callanan, Republican candidate for 2nd district Cerro Gordo County Supervisor, has made an illegal campaign contribution to the U.S. Senate campaign for Joni Ernst, and had to pay back the funds.
According to a state official with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board, “Mr. Callanan is [going to] have to write a personal check to his campaign for the $150.00 contribution that he gave to Joni Ernst Campaign. Since Mr. Callanan is making the correction now this will be made on his January 19, 2015 report. Mr. Callanan will have to send me a copy of the check he writes back to his committee.”
The official also told our source, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, that “I do think this is information the voters should have.”
See the filing here. The filing shows that Mr. Callanan paid his campaign back the $150.00 contribution.
According to Iowa law:
“A candidate’s committee shall not accept contributions from, or make contributions to, any other candidate’s committee including candidate’s committees from other states or for federal office, unless the candidate for whom each committee is established is the same person. For purposes of this section, “contributions” includes monetary and in-kind contributions but does not include travel costs incurred by a candidate in attending a campaign event of another candidate and does not include the sharing of information in any format.”
Callanan is running against Democrat Doug Nelson of Clear Lake and Independent John Drury of Swaledale.
When asked for comment, Mr. Drury said “Obviously I’m not privy to how Mr. Callanan manages his campaign funds but it’s just common sense that there are rules for campaign donations and they apply to everyone.”
Mr Callanan and Mr. Nelson did not immediately respond to questions about this matter.
A courthouse insider told NIT that “I think Casey seems like a real nice guy. But, he’s never attended a Cerro Gordo County Supervisor meeting in his life. Not one. And there’s something very wrong with that picture.”
Ernst is embroiled in a neck-and-neck race with Bruce Braley. Both candidates are spending vast sums of money on ads.