Va Democratic Party Pays Hefty Fine

February 1, 2007

The Democratic Party of Virginia's federal campaign committee has paid a $17,500 fine for violating federal election laws.

The party was penalized for leaving out several expenditures and receipts from a required report in 2003.

The party says the errors were due to "a serious illness to its long-time
outside accountant and a staff transition just before the report
was filed."

Party treasurer Abbi Easter was named in the complaint. Easter did fill out the required report but didn't include more than $59,600 in receipts and $111,000 in endorsements.

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