King broke campaign reporting law, FEC says
Attorney General Gary King’s unsuccessful 2002 campaign for Congress broke federal law and FEC rules by using an electronic signature of a one-time campaign treasurer on finance reports that treasurer didn’t review.
From the Albuquerque Journal:
“The Federal Election Commission has concluded that Attorney General Gary King’s 2004 congressional campaign committee filed 45 official reports with the electronic signature of treasurer Bruce Malott – even though Malott never reviewed the documents.
“The signature is required to comply with federal rules that the treasurer has verified the accuracy of the information, and the commission’s legal analysis concluded the King campaign’s use of Malott’s signature failed to follow federal law and commission regulations.”
Malott contended that he resigned as treasurer in 2005. King claimed Malott never officially resigned, the Journal reported.
More from the article:
“The commission concluded in a ruling dated May 4 that the dispute over whether Malott had resigned was irrelevant.
“The commission staff found the differing versions of the facts to be in ‘sharp conflict’ but concluded that, even assuming King’s version was correct, ‘the committee used Malott’s electronic signature on reports that he did not personally review and certify as commission regulations instruct.’”
The campaign committee no longer exists, so the FEC plans no further action.
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