FEC fines Bachmann $8K for 2010 campaign finance violations


Two days after U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann said that she wouldn't be seeking re-election in the 2014, the Star Tribune reports that the Tea Party Republican leader's campaign committee has been fined $8,000 by the Federal Election Commission for not properly reporting contributions and spending during the 2010 election.

Dated May 2, the FEC document -- which was filed this week -- said that Bachmann's campaign acknowledge its treasurer Daniel Puhl failed to report $208,502 in donations and $206,499 in spending.

Bachmann raised $13 million in contributions for the 2010, which at the time was a record amount for raised by any U.S. House candidate.

In the video announcement Wednesday, Bachmann said her decision not to seek another term in the House had nothing to do with recent inquiries into her 2012 presidential campaign or her chances of re-election in 2014.

Bachmann narrowly defeated Democratic challenger Jim Graves for her fourth term in November.

Even though Graves last month announced he would challenge Bachmann again in 2014, he announced Friday that he was suspending his campaign.

In a letter to supporters, Graves said in part, We set out to defeat Rep. Bachmann, and that has been accomplished. You should feel incredibly proud. After all, it was the grassroots movement you built that kept the pressure on and forced Rep. Bachmann from her seat in Congress.

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