Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

FEC Fines Kansas Democrats

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

FEC Fines Kansas Democrats

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The Kansas Democratic Party has agreed to pay a $19,000 fine to the Federal Elections Commission tied to an audit of its records from 2011 and 2012.

The FEC announced last week it had entered a conciliation agreement with the party resulting from the audit. According to the agreement, the FEC found the party had understated more than $122,000 in receipts and more than $160,000 in expenditures. It found the party also failed to maintain monthly payroll logs accounting for more than $320,000.

The agreement said the party contended the errors were inadvertent and it has worked to make improvements, including hiring new staff and allocating resources toward compliance.

The Democratic Party's executive director, Ethan Corson, said the party was expecting the fine and had reached the agreement with the FEC. …

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