- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta is once again on the radar of the Federal Election Commission for failing to follow campaign finance disclosure rules.

The FEC sent a letter to Guinta this week highlighting several errors in his post-election finance report. Guinta, a Republican, defeated former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in November to win a second term in Congress.

Many of the errors were failures to appropriately label or record contributions but in at least one case, Guinta accepted more money than is allowed under federal law. In a response dated Friday, Guinta’s campaign office said it is returning the excess money and correcting the data entry errors.

“We will re-emphasize the importance of these reports with our campaign staff and we are taking steps to improve our internal procedures to make sure an error like this is not repeated in the future,” the letter said in response to the failure to report in a timely manner donations made near the end of the campaign.

This is not the first time Guinta has been in the FEC’s sights. During his 2010 campaign, Guinta loaned himself $355,000, which came from a $500,000 personal bank account that he originally had not disclosed. The New Hampshire Democratic Party filed a complaint with the FEC and, four years later, the complaint is still under investigation. Democrats unsuccessfully used the issue against Guinta again in 2014.


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