When a citizen decides to run for public office, he files 3 initial reports:
- Declaration of candidacy
- Declaration of campaign organization
- Declaration of personal financials
When you compile this with all the shady money which the Attorney General is investigating, and Regalado himself says is the subject of a multi-county grand jury; there appears a serious indifference to state law.
The candidate's Personal Financial Report is not a new law or regulation. And if Regalado had used a novice campaign company to run his campaign, we might understand the possibility of a simple mistake. But Regalado's campaign is run by the largest and perhaps most expensive campaign company in Oklahoma. It seems improbable that this document would be even accidently left not filed. If a novice candidate like Regalado was subjected to this oversight by his campaign company, he has a very good reason to expose them and shelter himself from this embarrassment. But if he colluded with his handlers to slip past the requirement, then a real investigation needs to be under way.
And further studies into the campaign reporting of donations and expenditures seems to indicate that the Regalado campaign is reporting the two separate campaign numbers in the same report. In April, the special election ended and a new campaign began a week later. But some public reports are showing hat the Regalado team is treating this as one big campaign that started in December.
Regalado has already admitted to breaking state laws in his official duties by not reporting injuries and deaths at the jail in the manner prescribed. He admits that his donors are under a multicounty grand jury investigation for breaking campaign financing laws. And now we see that his very first obligation in seeking office was partly ignored in that he failed to reveal his financial matters properly.
This leaves one to wonder if Vic Regalado actually lent his struggling campaign the $25k this week, or if that money came from some other secret source?
Either way, he just spent that $26k on TV ad buys for the final days. Mostly for ads suggesting that Luke Sherman lacks integrity.