(UnitedVoice.com) – Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) is a leading voice in the GOP. The Afghanistan war veteran lost his eye while deployed and, after leaving the military, decided to serve his state in Congress. Though he has bumped heads with some in the party, he sailed to victory in his 2020 and 2022 reelection campaigns. However, a committee is forcing him to pay a fine because of one of those campaigns.
According to reports, the Federal Election Committee (FEC) voted to fine Crenshaw $42,000. The fine resulted from the congressman’s 2020 campaign failing to return $220,000 in illegal donations. Investigators reportedly discovered the contributions during a review of his campaign finance filings.
NEW: Dan Crenshaw's campaign settled a $220,000 illegal fundraising case with the FEC in November, according to documents released today. He agreed to a $42,000 fine. https://t.co/mnh89Trolt
— Roger Sollenberger (@SollenbergerRC) December 2, 2022
The Daily Beast reported the FEC sent a notice to Crenshaw’s campaign in 2020. Officials working for the congressman said they would return the money. Yet, they neglected to return over $207,000 for up to 600+ days after the notification. The campaign still hadn’t sent back more than $3,200 as of May.
Crenshaw agreed to pay the fine according to a November FEC notice. The lawmaker’s campaign maintained that the delayed return of the money was the result of a human error, not anything nefarious. It promised to implement “internal controls” in an effort to prevent such oversight from happening again.
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