CHICAGO - Instead of directing court ordered payments to the developmentally disabled, Illinois comptroller massively funded Planned Parenthood, spent taxpayer dollars on lobbyists, paid thousands of dollars in checks to a political blogger, and used the state plane as her personal taxi.
Those are the assertions of government transparency advocate Adam Andrzejewski in a Forbes' commentary Friday.
Illinois' newly-appointed comptroller is working her way through unprecedented state fiscal territory - with no state budget since July 1. She's been responding as directed by Governor Rauner's administration to court orders and judges' instructions.
Andrzejewski says she's close to being in contempt of court with the checks she's writing.
On August 18, the judge reiterated the order. Yet, Munger still didn't make the payments.
So, the judge threatened her with contempt of court.
Instead of prioritizing payments to the disabled under court order, who did the Comptroller actually pay? Here's what we found...
1) Planned Parenthood for $4.3 million since January. At the start of fiscal upheaval, between June 17 through July 22nd, "Grants and Awards" of $1,592,850 went to Planned Parenthood - five times higher than the previous month.
2) In July 2015, the Comptroller ordered payments to Ahead of Our Time Publishing - a company owned by the self-described 'political blogger' Rich Miller. Last year was his biggest year ever and $269,000 has flowed from taxpayers since 2009.
3) In June 2015, Comptroller Munger paid-out $5,000 to Shea, Page & Rogal - lobbyists. In fact, since 2009, the comptroller's office appropriated and paid over $320,000 in taxpayer money to this lobbyist firm.
While Shea, Page & Rogal was receiving payments, official state filings show that Shea Page was also 'lobbying' the comptroller on behalf of other clients!
4) Munger used the state airplane seven times as her personal taxi - to shuttle back and forth from Chicago to Springfield.
Leslie Munger is the state's top auditor and Illinois needs a hard audit. Is she up to the job?
The rest of Andrzejewski's opinion is HERE.