- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Republican Party has agreed to pay a fine for failing to disclose more than $70,000 in political receipts in 2014.

Cleveland.com (https://bit.ly/1RzR1ma ) reported Monday that the $3,000 fine is part of a negotiated settlement with the Federal Election Commission. The party failed to report in its initial October 2014 filing a reimbursement from a candidate who received personnel help.

The party later filed an amended report with an updated sum for its receipts, but didn’t provide an explanation as to why the receipts amounted to more than what was first reported.

Proceeds from fundraising events must be split in a way that reflects each host’s participation and accounts for federal limits on how much a donor can legally give to each candidate or political group. Errors can happen when that money has to be allocated or redistributed, requiring state parties to regularly file updates with the FEC.

The Ohio Republican Party has had issues in the past over its bookkeeping discrepancies, errors and accounting methods ranging from the 2013-2014 election cycle to the current one. Records show the FEC last month found a new discrepancy of $40,121 in a different filing.

Ohio GOP spokeswoman Brittany Warner said the party is revamping its process by which it gathers and transfers information for federal reports and has hired another employee to work it.

Warner said the party is also changing its software so transactions can be uploaded rather than hand-entered.


Information from: cleveland.com, https://www.cleveland.com

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