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FEC fines Rubio $8k for campaign contributor violations



rubiofec.jpgThe FEC has fined Marco Rubio's campaign $8,000 for "receiving prohibited, excessive, and other impermissible" donations during the 2010 Senate race. (The campaign paid the fine on April 20.)

Contributions totaled $210,173 and the campaign "did not refund, reattribute, or redesignate these contributions within the appropriate timeframes," the FEC said in a settlement, which was first reported by Politico.

Documents on the FEC website show a settlement was reached in March but details were just made public. Rubio's sharp rise, from long shot to tea party superstar, resulted in waves of donations from across the country.

But the FEC found problems even after the campaign was notified.

"Respondents contend that although they refunded all contributions noted in the refenal, an internal audit of the Committee financial records demonstrate that the actual amount of excessive contributions not refunded, reattributed or redesignated timely was $61,958. Respondents acknowledge that an additional $22,400 in contributions clearly stated on the check or transmittal device that the funds were a joint contribution, but the Committee failed to send the letter requesting written verification of the joint contribution pursuant to 11 C.F.R. § 110.1(k).

"Respondents acknowledge some designations and/or attributions were lost during transition from one compliance vendor to another, due to the fact that some data was sent to both vendors and each assumed the other was dealing appropriately with the information. In addition to the new compliance vendor, the Committee attested that all relevant reports were amended following their internal audit and reconciliation."

[Last modified: Monday, April 30, 2012 3:32pm]


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