FEC fines Nolan campaign for reporting errors

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s campaign committee has paid a fine for misreporting campaign spending during the 2012 election.

According to the Mesabi Daily News, Nolan’s campaign paid a $5,250 penalty to the Federal Election Commission, which had been investigating the problem.

From the Daily News:

[Nolan’s] committee reported the mistake to the FEC following a voluntary internal review after the 2012 election revealed that four payments for advertising and some other expenses were inadvertently left off the October 2012 quarterly report.

Staff and volunteers inexperienced in federal campaign finance reporting made the mistake.

According to the negotiated settlement, the disbursements not initially reported on Oct. 15, 2012, were considerable — $230,423.83. An amended report was filed on April 26, 2013.

Of the $230,000-plus not at first reported, $189,593.77 was for four large wire transfers for advertising. Committee officials say procedures have since been changed regarding processing wire transfers so that they will now be done according to FEC law.

Nolan is the second Minnesotan fined by the FEC in the last year: Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign paid an $8,000 fine last April for misreporting campaign contributions and spending during her 2010 race.

As of the end of April, Nolan’s campaign had $478,000 on hand for his re-election campaign. His challenger is Republican businessman Stewart Mills, who had $355,000 on hand. 

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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