Last Year: FEC Cracked Down On McSally
One Year Ago: Martha McSally Forced To Return Illegal Contributions, Pay Fine
In March 2019, the FEC forced McSally to refund $120,000 in illegal campaign contributions
McSally was also forced to pay a $5,000 fine stemming from separate 2014 violations
PHOENIX — One year ago this week, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) forced U.S. Sen. Martha McSally to refund “more than $120,000” in illegal 2018 campaign contributions and pay a $5,000 fine over 2014 campaign violations. And that wasn’t even McSally’s biggest FEC fine of 2019.
McSally has a long history of violating campaign finance rules — and that only continued during her first unelected year in the U.S. Senate:
January 2019: The FEC caught McSally appearing to accept “more than $270,000 in excessive campaign contributions” during her failed 2018 campaign.
March 4, 2019: McSally agrees to pay a $5,000 fine, after an FEC investigation determined that McSally’s campaign “violated election law by not properly reporting more than $50,000 in campaign donations” during the 2014 election.
March 5, 2019: Under pressure from the FEC, McSally agrees to refund over $120,000 in illegal, excessive campaign contributions that her campaign accepted during the 2018 election, in violation of individual contribution limits.
July 2019: McSally agrees to pay a fine of more than $23,000, after the FEC determined that “McSally’s 2014 House campaign took $319,000 in excessive contributions from 117 people” and “didn’t properly disclose nearly $33,000 from political action committees.”
November 2019: McSally faces an FEC complaint which alleges that a recent campaign filing failed to include required employer and occupation information for at least 627 donors who contributed $284,000.
As the Arizona Republic Editorial Board wrote of McSally’s repeated campaign finance violations in 2015: “It is reaching the point that it is difficult to ascribe the word ‘error’ to her reports; this many failures begins to look intentional.”