Lawmaker paid property taxes with campaign funds

Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) paid off more than $4,200 in property taxes with campaign funds.

Just 10 days after Reed had to apologize for being late on his property taxes 38 times, his campaign finance reports show that he paid off those taxes early last year using funds from his campaign account.

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The account paid more than $4,200 to the Steuben County Treasurer for a property tax bill in April 2012, according to campaign finance reports filed by Reed. He re-paid the money to his campaign in May.

Reed attributed the incident to a “clerical error.”

"This was an unfortunate clerical error and I take full responsibility for it. I immediately corrected the error by personally reimbursing my campaign account and at no time were there insufficient funds in my personal account to cover this erroneously written check from my campaign,” Reed said in a statement sent by a spokesman to Channel 2 News in Buffalo, N.Y. 

“Out of an abundance of caution, we promptly self-reported the error by issuing a statement for the public record to the FEC. We put new precautions and procedures in place in order to ensure this does not happen again."

Reed is facing a tough reelection in 2014 against likely opponent Martha Robertson (D), chairwoman of the Tompkins County Legislature. Reed defeated his Democratic challenger in 2012 by just 10,000 votes.

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