2004-10-01 / Community

Weiner Draws $47,000 Fine For Fundraising Violations

By Howard Schwach

The Federal Election Committee (FEC) has fined Congressman Anthony Weiner $47,000 for fundraising violations during his 2000 campaign for Congress.

According to the FEC report, a fundraising committee for the Congressman, “The Friends of Weiner,” took “excessive contributions from 183 individual contributors for the 2000 primary and general elections for which they could not produce documentation.”

The same report said that Weiner’s campaign had misreported a loan from the candidate himself and failed to file the necessary paperwork for 29 contributions.

Anson Kaye, a spokesperson for Weiner in his Washington office, told reporters, “The vast majority of these [violations] would not be violations under the current rules.”

Kaye added that the violations cited by the FEC were “mostly due to bookkeeping errors that were technically incorrect.”

The campaign has agreed to pay the fines to settle the issue, the FEC said.

Weiner is expected to challenge incumbent Mike Bloomberg for the Mayoralty in 2005.

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