Coburn Submits Amended FEC Reports After Warning

Posted January 7, 2005 at 6:45pm

The campaign of newly sworn-in Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) submitted two amended reports to the Federal Election Commission late last month correcting a number of apparent errors in two of his pre-election reports.

The FEC had warned Coburn’s campaign committee in November that he may have accepted tens of thousands of dollars in excess or prohibited contributions during his race against Democrat Brad Carson.

A Nov. 23 letter from the FEC to Coburn’s campaign listed several potential violations of federal campaign finance regulations, ranging from inadequate disclosure of donations and disbursements to discrepancies in Coburn’s aggregate election cycle-to-date contribution totals and a failure to file 48-hour reports detailing last-minute contributions.

Coburn campaign treasurer Wade Stubbs responded on Dec. 22 by filing two amended reports, along with a detailed letter explaining the reasons for some of the discrepancies.

Stubbs blamed the omission of some contributor data from 48-hour reports on a change from the one reporting system to another that caused the campaign to “overlook” the reporting of some contributions.

“This process has been corrected and will not occur in the future,” Stubbs stated.

— Amy Keller