A state ethics commission has expressed concerns about wire transfers that were made to the campaign of a former candidate for the Leavenworth County Commission.

A state ethics commission has expressed concerns about wire transfers that were made to the campaign of a former candidate for the Leavenworth County Commission.

The treasurer for Charles Raney’s campaign has been asked to file an amended receipt and expenditures report within 30 days.

At issue are two entries on a July 30 report that was submitted by Raney’s campaign. The entries indicate Jayanthi Nadarajan and Willis Tech each donated $500 to the campaign using the HSBC Bank of Malaysia.

Raney ran this year for the 1st District seat of the Leavenworth County Commission. But he was defeated in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.

Concerns about the campaign contributions were addressed in a letter written by Jennifer Schneider, local campaign supervisor for the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. The letter was written to MeLynda Harbour, treasurer for Raney’s campaign.

Schneider stated in the letter that it is legal for a candidate to accept contributions from U.S. citizens who are living abroad, but federal law prohibits candidates from accepting contributions from foreign nationals.

If Nadarajan and Tech fall within the legal definition of foreign nationals, their contributions must be refunded immediately, according to Schneider’s letter.

Schneider requested that copies of the checks used to return the funds be sent to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

If the contributions are permissible under law, Raney’s campaign will still need to list the addresses of the two contributors on an amended form.

When contacted Wednesday, Raney blamed the problem on an “address mixup on the paperwork.”

“Basically it’s just a clerical error and it’s getting corrected,” he said.

He referred to Nadarajan and Tech as international business people.

The report that was previously filed by Raney’s campaign indicated the two contributors are self-employed.

Candidates who run for county offices are required to file financial reports for their campaigns with the County Clerk’s Office. And a copy of Schneider’s letter was sent to the Clerk’s Office.

The Times obtained a copy of the letter from the Clerk’s Office.

The letter is dated Aug. 7, but County Clerk Janet Klasinski said her office did not receive a copy until Wednesday afternoon.

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