Politics

Fundraising Controversy Continues for Rep. Mia Love

Liberal group releases letter from FEC saying review of Love’s primary fundraising ‘remains pending’

An FEC review of primary fundraising by the campaign committee for Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, "remains pending." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Federal Elections Commission is not finished reviewing Rep. Mia Love’s campaign fundraising, according to an from the FEC to a liberal group that filed a complaint against her for alleged violations.

The Salt Lake Tribune first reported this story.

The Utah Republican had claimed the opposite to reporters earlier in October, publicly releasing an email from an FEC representative saying Love’s campaign committee could retain the hundreds of thousands of dollars in primary-designated campaign donations it raked in ahead of the GOP’s nominating convention on April 21.

But the FEC’s note to Love mentioned nothing of more than $350,000 in primary-designated funds Love continued to raise up until Utah’s primary election on June 30, in which she was on the ballot unopposed.

Now, in its new email Tuesday to the progressive Alliance for a Better Utah, the FEC has reiterated that the group’s complaint against Love “remains pending before the Commission.”

The FEC’s communications with Love “were not in connection” with the Alliance’s complaint, but rather a formal request by Love’s campaign committee for additional information on the status of its fundraising, the letter states.

“You will be advised when the Commission takes final action on your complaint,” the FEC wrote to the Alliance.

The race for Love’s seat in Utah’s 4th District is one of the closest in the country with Democratic nominee and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams leading the incumbent in one poll and tied with her in two others this month, according to Real Clear Politics.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race a Toss-up.

Love’s campaign has told the Tribune that it has reallocated or refunded all of the $1 million it raised for the primary race she never faced as an extra precaution while admitting no wrongdoing.

Love’s campaign had previously agreed to re-designate $370,000 raised for general election purposes during the window between the nominating convention and the primary. She has also refunded $29,000 in campaign contributions, her third-quarter FEC filing shows.

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