Report: FEC questioning excess $64k in contributions to Boehner

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According to a letter obtained by the Dayton Daily News, the FEC is requesting more information about contributions from three individual donors — a Rockport, Maine, retiree; an Arlington, Va., telecom lobbyist; and a former chair of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange — and six political action committees (PAC), including the Dell Employee PAC, the Caesars Entertainment PAC and the American Staffing Association PAC.

The FEC is also looking into whether Boehner redesignated or refunded other possibly excessive contributions for 10 individual donors within the required 60-day deadline.

Such letters aren't unusual, and oversights like these are often due to honest filing mistakes. The FEC is simply looking for more information about the excessive contributions, and it's not clear that any conscious wrongdoing occurred.

The scale of the excessive donations, however, is unusual, but that's likely because Boehner typically raises more than most House Republicans. During the quarter in question, Boehner raised more than $2.8 million.

Boehner spokesman Cory Fritz said that the Speaker would move to correct the errors

“Large committees that process contributions from thousands of grassroots supporters each quarter routinely handle these questions,” he said. “We take compliance with FEC rules and regulations seriously, and will take all corrective action necessary."