Democratic congressman gives $1,000 to the wrong Kline

Clarification (Oct. 11) – The Sires campaign called me to say they were incorrect in their previous explanation. Instead, what happened is that they erred on the FEC filing. The donation, they now say, went to Ron Klein of Florida but they incorrectly filed the paperwork as giving the money to John Kline of Minnesota. -DW

WASHINGTON — When Rep. John Kline’s third quarter campaign finance reports are released later this month, they’ll show a somewhat curious contributor — a Democratic congressman from New Jersey.

Rep. Albio Sires cut Kline a check for $1,000 on September 15, an outlier among the 10 donations he made. The other nine, totaling $33,000, went to Democrats in tight races and to the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

After a call to inquire about the donation from MinnPost, the Sires campaign checked into the donation, which seems to be a case of wrong place, wrong Kline. Instead of John Kline, the conservative ranking Republican on the Education and Labor Committee, Sires’ money was supposed to go to Ron Klein who’s a Democratic congressman engaged in a very tight race down in Florida.

A Sires campaign staffer said the New Jersey Democrat was “made aware of it, and is obviously upset about it, but it was an accounting mistake.” They’ll be placing a stop check order or, if it has already gone through, will ask for their money back and file an amended campaign finance report.

A new $1,000 check is on its way to Florida, to that other Klein.

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