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McCollum Calls Fine Unfair

June 24th, 2008 by flanews

Attorney General Bill McCollums 2004 Campaign for US Senate had to cough up 50,000 dollars for failing to report money spent on advertising. McCollum says Hurricane Charlie made it impossible to report the more than 700,000 dollars. An evacuation order came down shortly before the hurricane hit. The storm knocked down trees and power lines near his campaign office. McCollum said the fine isnt fair.

The reason we didnt get it reported is because of Hurricane Charlie and the follow up hurricanes. That was right before the primary. I had a problem, my team did. We couldnt file. We were down. We literally couldnt file, but in the statute there is no relief for an act of God in the federal campaign finance laws, said McCollum.

McCollum said his campaign was fighting the feds, but decided to pay the fine to avoid a possible court battle.

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