Evans campaign hit with $185,000 fine
Just reported on WQAD and KWQC...
The Lane Evans campaign has agreed to a $185,000 fine for violations in the 1994 and 2000 campaigns.
The Rock Island County Republican Party plans a press conference on the matter tomorrow.
More details to come as they become available...
** UPDATE **
WASHINGTON Representative Lane Evans' campaign committee has agreed to pay 185-thousand dollars to settle accusations that it illegally used another committee to help fund campaigns.
Illinois' Rock Island Democratic Central Committee will also pay 30-thousand dollars in civil penalties.
None of the defendants admitted any wrongdoing in the settlement signed Monday by a federal judge.
The Rock Island County Republican Party filed the original complaint with the Federal Election Committee in 2000. The F.E.C. then filed a lawsuit last year in U.S. District Court in Rock Island.
The F.E.C. alleges the Friends of Lane Evans Committee set up the 17th District Victory Fund as a separate entity before the 1998 election. It alleges the group's money was used to benefit the campaign, which was restricted by statutory limits on campaign contributions.