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FEC Says 19 Contributors Made Excessive Donations to McConnell Re-Election Campaign

The Federal Election Commission says the re-election campaign of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell accepted “apparent excessive contributions” from a dozen individuals and seven political action committees. The claims were made in a preliminary review of the campaign’s disclosure report covering the months of July, August, and September.

The Courier-Journal reports the FEC has told the McConnell campaign that the contributions in question appear to exceed the legal limits.

Under campaign finance law, an individual can give up to $2,600 per election, meaning a person could actually give $5,200 to campaign, with half designated for the primary, and the other half going to the general election.

In each of the dozen cases involving individuals cited by the FEC, the contributors gave the McConnell campaign multiple donations dating back as far as 2009. The most recent donations made last quarter pushed those contributors over the legal limit.

Some of the political action committees cited by the FEC as having made excessive donations include those run by the American Health Care Association, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and Clear Channel.

You can read the FEC letter sent to the McConnell re-election campaign here.

The McConnell re-election campaign has until Jan. 7 to file a response with the FEC.

FEC Wants More Information from Grimes Campaign

The FEC has also told the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes that it must provide further information regarding spending details in its most recent report to the government.

You can read the letter sent to the campaign here.

The Grimes campaign also has until Jan. 7 to file a response with the FEC.

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