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National Dems to Appeal State Fine

Anita Kumar

The State Board of Elections will fine the Democratic Governors Association $2,500 tomorrow for failing to comply with state campaign finance laws involving the group's donations in the governor's race.

The DGA has contributed $2.15 million to Common Sense Virginia, a political action committee that is running TV ads attacking Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell across the state.

Virginia law requires out-of-state groups to report all donations it has received to the Board of Elections when it receives them if they are contributing more than $2,500 to PAC. DGA has not reported donations since April 15.

David Allen, campaign finance manager for the State Board of Elections, said he will send a letter to the DGA tomorrow for failing to comply with the law.

DGA spokeswoman Emily DeRose said her group has not been notified of the fine, but would appeal the decision.

She said the DGA did not report donations that had been received but not deposited -- as is its general practice -- but plans to file an updated report tonight. "We're happy to be as transparent as possible,'' she said.

McDonnell's campaign called on Common Sense Virginia to stop airing its ads attacking McDonnell for opposing $125 million in federal stimulus dollars.

"The ad is negative, misleading and the funding for it was in violation of Virginia campaign law,'' said Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman. "The ad needs to come down."

By Anita Kumar  |  May 12, 2009; 8:02 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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