A former Leavenworth County Commission candidate has refunded contributions that were wired to his campaign through a foreign bank.

A former Leavenworth County Commission candidate has refunded contributions that were wired to his campaign through a foreign bank.

Last month, the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission sent a letter to the treasurer of the campaign of Charles Raney. The ethics commission questioned two entries that appeared on a July 30 receipt and expenditures report filed by Raney’s campaign.

The entries indicated 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.

The two campaign contributions were questioned in an Aug. 7 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.

The letter indicated 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.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski said she received documentation about two weeks ago indicating that the donations from Nadarajan and Tech had been returned.

Candidates who run for county offices are required to file financial reports for their campaigns with the County Clerk’s Office.

When contacted, Raney blamed the issue on a clerical problem. He argued 90 percent of candidates have some sort of error on their campaign reports.

Raney referred to Tech as an international businessman.

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