FEC Asks McMahon to Explain $500K in In Kind Contributions

Posted January 5, 2010 at 1:58pm

The Federal Election Commission has asked former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon to spell out the more than $567,000 in in-kind contributions from her own pocket for her bid for Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) seat.

In her original 2009 third-quarter FEC report, McMahon listed more than half-a-million dollars in in-kind contributions from herself, including expenses for political strategy and polling without naming the recipient.

But in a letter sent on Dec. 24, McMahon’s campaign is directed to list her in-kind contributions in more detail and amend her third quarter finance report by Jan. 28. If the in-kind contribution totals more than $200 this cycle, a memo with the name and address of the vendor and the date and purpose of the purchase must be submitted.

A spokesman for McMahon’s campaign, Ed Patru, told a local newspaper that the campaign was reviewing the letter and would respond well before the FEC’s deadline.

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