Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) must pay $33,000 and reimburse political donors for as much as $72,000 for accepting excessive contributions to her 2002 House campaign, The Associated Press reported Friday. [IMGCAP(1)]
The civil penalty was part of a conciliation agreement struck Aug. 31 between McKinney and the Federal Election Commission. The agreement, according to the AP, states that $106,425 in excessive contributions were made to McKinney’s campaign in 2002. It also states that McKinney has reimbursed $34,199 of the contributions, but still owed $72,226 as of the date of the agreement.
McKinney was first elected to the House in 1992, but lost her seat in the 2002 Democratic primary to Denise Majette. McKinney recaptured her seat in 2004 after Majette decided to run for the Senate.
— Erin P. Billings