It seems that Ken Miller is the latest Republican candidate for governor who is having trouble counting donations to his campaign, as Great Fall Tribune reporter John Adams notes today. According to the story, Ken Miller’s chief fundraiser Kelly Bishop is accusing the candidate of failing to disclose campaign expenditures and accepting anonymous, illegal campaign donations:
Bishop, who was hired in January and was still listed on Miller’s campaign website Monday afternoon, said in an interview she had firsthand knowledge of Miller accepting campaign donations that did not appear on campaign finance reports as required by state law.
"At one point it was close to $14,000 that I accounted for that was missing off one of the campaign finance reports," Bishop said.
It’s never a great sign when a former campaign worker accuses a candidate of breaking the law, but it’s especially troubling when the person was in charge of fundraising.
To be fair, Ms. Bishop’s complaint is awfully light on details, but it hasn’t stopped the vultures in other campaigns from going after Mr. Miller. The story has already drawn comments from a Rick Hill supporter who allege that Miller was rumored to have “skimmed money” while the GOP chair and a comment from someone who works on the staff of Corey Stapleton.
Ironic, given Stapleton’s almost comical inability to correctly fill out his own campaign finance report.
I’d say it’s enough to let this collection of charlatans mismanage their own budgets. Let’s keep their hands off of the state’s finances.