Rep. Nelson fined for campaign violations

State elections fined Rep. Nelson $3,700+ for 13 campaign violations yesterday. The Elections Division ruled she didn’t knowingly make false statements. One of her errors was pledging to keep under the $2,000 contribution cap but failing to keep track of the incoming donations that were piling up beyond the limit. I don’t dispute the errors or penalty, but I can’t help but feel the colision between ever more complex campaign rules and candidates who choose to run low-budget campaigns. Even the new ethics rules have made things more complex — where one needs a lawyer to constantly check the rules.

The new electronic filings have made reporting requirements easier (kudos to Elections Division). On the other hand it also increased reporting peroids by 10 times the frequency amount. This means more funds expended for treasurers, more staff time, and more ways to make mistakes. Such rules make it a wee bit harder for start-up or low-budget campaigns.

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  • responsibility

    Pleeeze accept the fact that errors were made by R- Nelson. The elections division on-line posting requirements are not the issue.

  • devietro

    It seems to me that if one were to run a campaign you need to allow for fines for violations because it seems inevitable that you will break a rule somehow somewhere.

  • Marvin McConoughey

    I can’t peer into Rep. Nelson’s mind, but I can peer into my own. I think that if I were involved in an endeavor where I was soliciting money, was desperately low on money, could expect some donations by mail, and needed money now, that I would be checking my mail frequently.

  • anonymous

    She ought to be fined for her wardrobe. She always looks like Liz Taylor on the set of “Cleopatra”.

  • Bad Boy Brown

    I think Donna’s HOT-HOT – HOT! Too bad anon above has no taste in women.

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