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FEC fines Casal for reimbursing others for contributions

The Federal Elections Commission has fined a former Venezuelan commerce minister for making $2,500 in illegal campaign contributions to the 2000 re-election campaign of Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, now a candidate for U.S. Senate.

Jose Casal, a former Venezuelan senator and minister of commerce, agreed to a civil penalty of $8,250 for violating federal campaign finance laws barring contributions by a foreign national, according to documents released by the FEC on Wednesday.

Penelas' campaign said the mayor was unaware of the case and did not know Casal. ...

Casal reimbursed five employees of Victec Environmental Services, Inc., for making $500 individual contributions to Penelas' mayoral campaign committee, according to an FEC factual and legal analysis dated Oct. 7, 2003. -- FEC fines contributor to Penelas mayoral campaign (AP via heraldtribune.com)