Tuesday, April 20, 2004

The Associated Press reported today that the 2000 Bush campaign paid a $90,000 fine for not disclosing fundraising and spending during the Florida recount:

WASHINGTON April 20 — Democrats have scored one small, belated victory in the 2000 presidential recount. President Bush's 2000 campaign has agreed to pay a $90,000 civil fine for failing to disclose fund raising and spending to the Federal Election Commission for its effort to win the Florida recount, the FEC said Tuesday.

The campaign paid the fine to settle the case, which resulted from a complaint by Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

Bush raised nearly $14 million for his effort to win the Florida ballot dispute, compared to about $3.2 million in recount spending by Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore.

The Bush campaign disclosed details of its recount spending in a report to the Internal Revenue Service in July 2002. The FEC said the campaign should have reported the fund raising to the commission.

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