Deirdre Shesgreen reports:
The Federal Election Commission has identified $64,000 in excessive contributions made to House Speaker John Boehner’s personal re-election committee and ordered that they be returned, according to a letter the Federal Election Commission sent to the campaign this week.
“These contributions must be refunded immediately,” the FEC wrote in the Sept. 9 letter.
The donations in question—made mostly in 2011—exceeded the legal limits that federal lawmakers are allowed to accept. Individuals can donate $2,500 for a primary and another $2,500 for the general election. Political Action Committees (PACs) can donate $5,000 per election, for a total of $10,000.
The donations were from a gamut of individuals and PACs, including the Dell Employees PAC and Caesars Entertainment PAC.
Campaign finance experts say it’s fairly common for campaigns to receive such letters from the FEC pointing out possible violations and asking for action.
But, she said, “I do think it maybe points to a lack of internal controls” inside Boehner’s operation.
A spokesman for Boehner, Cory Fritz, said the campaign would respond to the FEC’s request promptly.
“Large committees that process contributions from thousands of grassroots supporters each quarter routinely handle these questions,” he said. “We take compliance with FEC rules and regulations seriously, and will take all corrective action necessary.”
Boehner’s campaign received a similar letter in March, pointing to excess contributions totaling about $70,000.
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