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WOODSTOCK – The Federal Elections Commission slapped U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren's campaign with a $2,500 fine for failing to report more than $83,000 from his first election in 2010.
Under a negotiated agreement hashed out with the FEC, Hultgren for Congress must also strengthen its internal controls to prevent a repeat occurrence, and send a staffer to an FEC seminar.
An FEC audit revealed that the campaign for the Winfield Republican, first elected in 2010 to the 14th Congressional District, understated its income by $83,278 – $74,597 in contributions and $8,953 in loans.
Redistricting after the 2010 U.S. Census extended the 14th District to include all of McHenry County except for Algonquin Township. Voters elected Hultgren to a second term in 2012.
In a statement, Hultgren for Congress said it cooperated fully with the FEC and adopted its recommendations. The shortcomings identified in the FEC audit were handled through the commission's alternate dispute resolution system and not its enforcement arm.
"We are glad this matter is now closed and look forward to working with the FEC in the future to ensure compliance with its reporting requirements," the statement said.
Hultgren will face a Democratic challenger next year in Dennis Anderson, who Hultgren handily defeated in his 2012 re-election bid.
This is not the first campaign finance complaint filed against Hultgren's campaign.
A complaint during his 2010 campaign alleged that Hultgren's committee for his former state senate seat illegally made two $1,000 contributions to his federal campaign, and failed to report the second. Federal law prohibits the transfer of funds and assets from a nonfederal campaign to a federal one.
The FEC dismissed the case after Hultgren for Congress refunded the two contributions and amended its disclosure reports to reflect the accurate information, according to records.