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Glitch causes Alan Grayson to file false fundraising report

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July

For the second time, a computer glitch has caused U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's Senate campaign to report incorrect fundraising information to the Federal Election Commission.

Between April and June, Grayson, D-Orlando, raised more than $1 million, his campaign said last week. But a filing with the FEC published online Friday shows a much lower number: $55,127.

"I’m told there was some computer glitch and the totals are being corrected and will be re-filed," campaign spokesman David Damron said.

It's unclear at this time exactly what went wrong, but the incorrect form was digitally signed by treasurer Dustin Andersen and filed with the Senate and FEC.

An updated form will be filed with the FEC "as soon as we can," Damron said. 

That form will show more than $1 million in contributions, Damron said, as well as a small loan from the candidate.

It also is expected to include details about how much Grayson's campaign spent in the second quarter. The current, incorrect filing shows $0 in spending, but the campaign employs several people and has traveled around the state for events as it drums up support for the Aug. 30 primary.

Grayson's chief opponent in the Democratic primary is U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.

This isn't the first time Grayson's campaign finances have been upended by a computer glitch.

In October 2015, the campaign reported that a Chicago teacher named Jacqueline Kirley had donated to Grayson nearly 2,300 times totalling $37,600 -- well above the maximum donation allowed.

But Kirley had never heard of Grayson.

At the time, then-campaign spokesman Kevin Franck told the Times/Herald reporting software had mixed up Kirley's donor number and that for Act Blue, a group that helps Democrats raise money nationwide.

“For some reason, the system thought Mrs. Kirley and Act Blue were the same,” Franck said.

It took two months for the campaign to resolve the problem and file an updated report with the FEC.

The campaign believes the two glitches are unrelated.

[Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2016 12:16pm]

    

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