Jim Gerlach: Largest FEC Fine in Pennsylvania History
Jim Gerlach accepted $100,000 from in campaign contributions form oil companies. [Center for Responsive Politics]
Rep. Gerlach Misreported $2.2 Million in Campaign Contributions [Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/12/07]
In April 2007, Jim Gerlach had to pay a $120,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for violation of Federal Campaign Finance Laws. This penalty constituted the largest federal fine ever imposed on a member from Pennsylvania, and, according to the FEC, the third largest issued against a sitting U.S. lawmaker since 1980. [Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/12/07]
The penalty was based on the commission’s determination that Gerlach:
- Reported raising 2.2 million dollars in a period of less than 2 months after the 2004 election. In reality he had raised between 18 and 20 thousand.
- Misreported $8,911 in refunded contributions in 2005.
- Failed to itemize $8,832 in contributions from another fund-raising committee in 2004.
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