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The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports: A watchdog group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and a Germantown constituent have filed a formal complaint against U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission. ...

In April, Blackburn contacted reporters to announce that she was revising most of the campaign finance disclosure reports she had filed since first seeking office in 2002 because she had failed to report $286,278 in expenditures and $102,044 in contributions.

At her meeting with The Commercial Appeal, she had her lawyer, Donald F. McGahn, explain the situation. McGahn is currently one of President Bush's nominees to fill one of four vacancies on the FEC, which can't act on a complaint at the moment because it doesn't have a quorum. ...

The CREW complaint notes that in October 2005, the campaign committee and its treasurer, Tea Hoffman, acknowledged "reporting errors" through their lawyer to the FEC's Alternative Dispute Resolution Office, and said they had taken "remedial measures to ensure against future errors."

At that time, they entered into a negotiated settlement, paid a $1,500 fine and agreed to send a campaign staffer to a seminar on compliance with FEC regulations.

The CREW complaint notes that, in April, Blackburn's campaign acknowledged more than $440,000 in unreported or incorrectly reported receipts and expenditures. -- Watchdog group, Germantown woman file FEC complaint against Rep. Blackburn : Local News : Memphis Commercial Appeal

Note: the complaint is available on CREW's web site.

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