WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee violated federal election laws with two donations earlier this year and filed a mid-year report with a number of errors in it, according to the Federal Election Commission.
In a five-page letter to SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford, the FEC highlights a number of issues with the filed report, including donating more than is allowed to the reelection campaigns of Sens. John McCain and Lisa Murkowski, as well as not providing proper descriptions on how some of the PAC's money was spent.
Contacted by CNN, Crawford said the committee was currently revising the report to fix the errors and said these types of mistakes are not uncommon with FEC filings.
"A million of these [correction letters] go out every month," Crawford said. "They send out a lot of them.
A spokesman for the FEC said its standard practice for all reports to be reviewed, but would not estimate how many PAC's usually have to file corrections.
Specifically, the FEC notes SarahPAC gave $5,000 to McCain and Murkowski's primary campaigns - $2,600 more than is allowed for a PAC of SarahPAC's designation to give to a primary effort. SarahPAC also designated the donation for the senators' 2009 primary when in fact the primaries are in 2010.
To fix the error, Crawford said the PAC will allocate $2,400 to the senators' primary campaigns and $2,400 to the general election effort as is allowed under election laws. The PAC has also obtained a $200 refund from both campaigns to make up the difference.
"We essentially gave $200 too much," Crawford said. "We have since redesignated with both committees."
Crawford attributed some of the mistakes to being a new PAC and also noted FEC software that was supposed to flag mistakes when reports are initially submitted showed no errors with their filing.
"We filed what we thought was perfectly right," Crawford said. "If there is a violation, the FEC won't accept the report, but ours was accepted with no warnings or violations."
SarahPAC has until September 24 to file an amended report.
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Wow I see the right-wing Taliban is out in full force using their political terrorism to try and intimidate people. Don't these extremists realize they have NO power whatsoever?! There's NOTHING they can do to stop Obama from fixing Bush's horrible mess. Hahahahaha!
don't really care about this...but keep this woman in the back ground...not ready for prime time
Talk about watering the tree of liberty.
Well it's been about a year since her last new wardrobe. She probably needed a new one... on the fools that donated to the "SarahPAC".
Pailn we love you so much
You are a good example why we should not trust republicans
An honest mistake...........Sarah Palin, we love you and what you stand for here in Oklahoma. We just wish a lot more of our Republicans in office would get a backbone and speak out more boldly against the tyranny that is being perpetrated by the extremists in the Whitehouse and the shadow government that Obama has allowed to take over the "job" he is supposed to be doing.
Speaking of "Corruption"!! I can only imagine this woman getting into "Washington Politics", and ending up as a Senator, or God, forbid, a Vice President, or President of our great nation! And I don't think these "errors" that are made are anything but "deception". She truly is a CON!!!! WE DO NOT NEED HER IN WASHINGTON!!!
why is this news?
How could FOX report this as they are too busy spreading false info about Obama and any other Dem they can including Kennedy. FOX is owned by a guy that owns lots of tabloids in the UK and US. Enough said fill in the blanks for yourself.
CNN is not stupid. They put Palin on their site on a daily basis because they know that is what attracts the liberals and their hate on this forum. Its like the old saying "sex sells" but for CNN, its "Palin sells" Its like all the liberals who call in to the Sean Hannity radio show. They just can't resist. Call it the liberal twilight zone.
You can't understand simple campaign donation rules and have the guts to comment on the healthcare bill.
Now, I am 100% sure that Palin DID NOT read the healthcare bill but heard its summary from her friend, Glenn Beck.
I am glad to be out of Republican party.
I didn't vote for the m/p ticket and don't care to hear any more of the minor things that happen to, for or about sp. Come on CNN. There's real news to be covered in the world.
Not one single Obamot here has stated on single problem with Palin. You just call her names and vomit Obamit bile.
CNN seems to have a bizarre fascination with this woman. Don't understand how this is news.
smart of you guys to put palin stories on here, coz the kennedy stuff is tanking your ratings... dummies...
does not reality tell you anything..
It just goes to show that pretty much everything this woman does or has done on her behalf by staffers results in mistakes and shows a low degree of success ... hmmm, just what does that tell all her ardent , ignorant and hate-filled supporters??
Palin keeps getting nailed for fraud, lying, cheating, stealing and other nefarious activities. Love it!
I am sick of tired of CNN posting PALIN on ticker and then people jumping on it to bash her. I dont think Palin has any future on a major party ticket but CNN is equally exploiting the situation and raising people's emotions to a red alert level. I guess it provides marketable news for CNN's ratings. People should just ignore and stop this cycle.
So much extreme left hate... It's sad and pathetic.
Why are they still covering this woman?
ha! Once again, CNN doing anything possible to steer attention away from the Obama administration's incompetence....
She can't keep her house clean, her PAC committee clean. So who in the world would ever vote her into an office again. Wake up Alaska and America. Palin go away....
Oh, she made a $200.00 mistake.....ok, whatever. Hey how about a story on the $2,000,000,000,000.00 mistake that Obama, aka The Worst President Ever just made on his deficit estimate?
She is irrelevant!! She will NEVER win!!!!
what is CNN's fascination with Sarah Palin, there's another story everyday, who really cares about her & what she's doing. please leave these stories for FOX, reasonable people aren't inclined to keep up with her comings & goings!