September 10, 2018 Media

CNN — Rep. Mia Love’s campaign admits to improperly raising primary election funds

 Rep. Mia Love’s campaign has informed the Federal Election Commission that it will refund or redesignate less than half of what the government says was more than a million dollars improperly raised for a primary that was never expected to happen, according to documents reviewed by CNN.

The commission sent Love a letter in August saying the Utah Republican’s campaign had violated federal guidelines about money for primaries. In Utah, candidates are not allowed to raise such funds if they have no primary, according to the FEC and experts specializing in election law. On Friday, Love’s campaign responded to regulators, telling the FEC they would refund or redesignate some, but not all, of that money.

CNN’s KFile reached out to Love, her campaign, her campaign treasurer and her campaign manager on Thursday about the contributions. They did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. After publication, Love’s campaign said in a statement they did prepare for a primary challenge by gathering signatures to appear on the primary ballot. Love’s campaign said they planned to redesignate about $370,000 and may refund less than $10,000 in donations. Read more >>