Bizarre excess of donations to Alan Grayson resulted from software glitch
Jacqueline Kirley vaguely remembered the name Alan Grayson. The retired Chicago teacher had no reason to know or care until this week that the Orlando congressman is running to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate in a competitive race to replace Marco Rubio.
But because of a fluke software glitch, Kirley likely won’t ever forget Grayson again.
Her name appeared nearly 2,300 times in the Democrat’s most recent campaign finance report, filed with the Federal Election Commission earlier this month. The lengthy disclosure claimed Kirley gave Grayson altogether $37,600 in varying increments — $1, $5, $20.16, $50, $100, and so on — all on July 15, according to a Herald/Times analysis of the quarterly report.
It’s not uncommon for the same donor to contribute more than once to a campaign, but 2,300 times — on the same day, no less — is unrealistically frequent.
Kirley said she didn’t know of the reported contributions in her name until a Herald/Times reporter called her Wednesday to ask her about what Grayson’s campaign ultimately explained was a snafu after upgrading its reporting software.
“It was a little harder to spot because we have so many small-number donations,” Grayson spokesman Kevin Franck said. “It just seems to be a very weird, weird software glitch.”
Also, here's the email Grayson sent Kirley apologizing.