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Blue Hog catches another one: GOP candidate for Senate suddenly getting right with law

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OOPS: Chad Niell catches up on lawful operation of his business.
  • OOPS: Chad Niell catches up on lawful operation of his business.
Matt Campbell at Blue Hog Report mines state paperwork for another find embarrassing to a Republican politician:

It seems that Chad Niell, a Republican candidate for the state Senate vacated by disgraced Democrat Paul Bookout, is going to run for office with a very checkered record of his own.

Simple version: Niell provides contracted services to the state Correction Department, including money transmission for inmate commisary accounts, through his Tiger Commissary Services. State law  since 2007 has required a license for people who do money transmission. Niell never get one. In June, six years late, he applied for the license. His company just didn't know about the law. Or similar laws in a number of other states in which he operates.

Blue Hog comments:

A failure to get a required license in ten of the eleven states where you do business is a big deal. Operating a money transmission business without a license, without a bond, and without oversight from the appropriate regulating bodies is a big deal.

On a more basic level, when you are running for a seat that was vacated due to illegal behavior, just showing that you can actually follow the law as it relates to your day-to-day livelihood is a really big deal.

If Niell were a Democrat, GOP Chair Doyle Webb and Co. would agree vociferously. But Niell is a Republican, so it need not be mentioned at all. And if someone is so impolite as to mention it, it can be waved away as a minor little ol' thing. His campaign consultant, Keith Emis, struck that tone in responding to my question about this:

Really?

The guy found out about a regulation he didn't know about and self-reported to the state asking how to get into compliance.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Unrelated to the matter at hand, but: Do we really need major contractors with a state agency running for a seat in the legislature? I don't believe he's the only candidate in this race in that position.


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