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SBE: Group Did Not Break Campaign Rules with Herring Contribution

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Mark Herring, photo courtesy of www.markherring.org Mark Herring, photo courtesy of www.markherring.org

The State Board of Elections (SBE) said Thursday an out-of-state group did not break a major campaign finance rule after contributing to Democrat Mark Herring's campaign for attorney general.

State law requires political action committees to register with the state, and disclose each contributor. The Republican Party of Virginia filed a complaint with the SBE October 16, claiming the Denver-based Democratic Attorneys General Association failed to do both of those things when it gave close to $685,000 to the Herring campaign.

If found in violation, Herring's campaign would have been fined the same amount as the DAGA contribution, which accounts for about 28 percent of the campaign's total contributions.

On Thursday, the SBE said the DAGA had registered as an out-of-state political committee in 2009, and remained active. But the DAGA did fail to submit its disclosure reports before the October 15 deadline, and will face a $200 fine.

According to documents, the small civil penalty is in accordance with the penalty schedule approved by the SBE.

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