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Rep. Weiner fined $47,000

AP reports: Rep. Anthony Weiner, a potential mayoral candidate in 2005, has been fined $47,000 to settle fundraising violations in his 2000 campaign for Congress.

The civil penalty stems from an audit by the Federal Election Commission, which issued its findings Thursday.

The FEC said Friends of Weiner took "excessive contributions from 183 individual contributors for the 2000 primary and general elections for which they could not produce documentation."

The same audit found the Queens Democrat's campaign had misreported a loan from the candidate and failed to file necessary paperwork for 29 contributions. -- Rep. Weiner fined $47,000 by FEC for 2000 campaign (AP via Newsday.com)