Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

September 21, 2013

Another View: Dillon must clean up discrepancies

When you’re one of the folks entrusted to jingle the change in Michigan’s pocketbook, there’s not much leeway for being in a situation where you look like you’re all thumbs.

State Treasurer Andy Dillon is in such a scenario right now. According to Gannett Michigan reports, Dillon’s campaign fund has a six-figure differential in its balance between what the Department of State says it has on file and what Dillon said was in the account - $27 - in a 2012 affidavit in which he asked the state to close the account. Dillon, whom Gov. Rick Snyder appointed head of the state treasury, ran for governor in 2010 and apparently still has his team sorting out three-year-old campaign issues this summer.

Dillon’s campaign treasurer told Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press that his camp has fingered the root of the problem: It’s a software incompatibility between what the state uses and what his team uses. Glitch happens, in other words.

Fair enough. Anybody who has used computers knows that they are fickle entities. They only do the best they can with the information they’re given. No questions; no follow-up; no analysis. Not their job.

But it’s the job of the state treasurer to handle money, and Dillon’s efforts with his campaign funds leave something to be desired.

To resolve all doubt, Dillon ought to take the lead in resolving the matter by delivering the Department of State his campaign bank information and leave no question as to the standing of his campaign account. At this late juncture, no other resolution seems sensible for the guy the governor tapped to be his wallet wizard.

This is not the first issue with Dillon’s political accounts. According to the Free Press, the treasurer of Dillon’s political action committee missed routine filing deadlines this summer. The state issued fines in that matter. The state also allowed Dillon to close out his state representative fund in April despite an $8,900 discrepancy between its balance sheet and what its treasurer said was in the fund.

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