U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s campaign has until Wednesday to respond to a Federal Elections Commission inquiry into possible excessive, prohibited and impermissible campaign contributions. According to the notice, the Baldwin campaign appears to have received excessive contributions totaling $179, 701.99:
- Excessive Contributions from Individuals: $94,802
- Excessive Contributions from Committees: $73,900
- Excessive Contributions from Committees Not Qualified for Multi-Candidate Status: $10,000
- Contributions from Unregistered Organizations: $999.99
- Total Number of Donations: 271
- 238 Individual Donations
- 33 Committee and PAC Donations
- Total Number of Donors: 36
22 Individuals are listed, including former Wisconsin Democratic Governor Jim Doyle and former Democratic U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.
14 Committees and PACs are listed. They include the Midwest Values PAC, founded by Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, Forward Together PAC, which has Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virgnia as its honorary chairmen, M-PAC, which is affiliated with Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington, and Legit-Action PAC, founded by former Democratic U.S. Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.
The inquiry says that although the FEC may take further legal action concerning the acceptance of prohibited contributions, prompt action to refund the prohibited amount will be taken into consideration:
Adequate responses must be received by the Commission on or before the due date noted above to be taken into consideration in determining whether audit action will be initiated. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Act may also result in an enforcement action against the committee. Any response submitted by your committee will be placed on the public record and will be considered by the Commission prior to taking enforcement action. Requests for extensions of time in which to respond will not be considered.
The inquiry is dated August 16 and gives the Baldwin campaign until September 20 to respond. Media Trackers reached out to Baldwin Campaign Manager Scott Spector on Thursday seeking comment, including whether the campaign had responded to the inquiry. Spector did not respond to two calls seeking comment.