Federal Election Commission wants more info on $793K transfers from KDP to itself; spox says mistake will be corrected Monday

08/27/2016 09:16 AM

The Federal Election Commission wants to know more about a pair of fund transfers from the Kentucky Democratic Party, reportedly to itself, totaling $793,000 last month.

The FEC sent KDP a letter Friday seeking additional information on the transactions, listed in the party’s August filing as a $600,000 transfer to “Kentucky Democratic Party — Federal” on July 13 and another $193,000 transfer on July 26.

Those dates and amounts match the party’s receipts from the Hillary Victory Fund, a multi-state fundraising partnership with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The FEC asked the party to “clarify the nature of these transactions or amend Schedule B by providing the correct name and mailing address of the payee,” setting a response deadline of Monday.

KDP spokesman Daniel Lowry said the staffer who handles fundraising reporting is on vacation but will address the matter on Monday.

“There was a mistake in the way we listed the payee and the wrong title got in there, and so that created a mistake,” Lowry said in a phone interview with Pure Politics. “They (the FEC) were just asking us to fix that, which we’ll do Monday.”

Other states’ Democratic committees involved with Hillary Victory Fund that recently received contributions from the joint fundraising effort also reported sizable transfers to the Democratic National Committee in their latest FEC filings.

The Indiana Democratic Congressional Victory Committee, according to FEC data, transferred $760,000 to the DNC on July 26, the same day the Georgia Federal Elections Committee and the West Virginia State Democratic Executive Committee sent the DNC $460,000 and $300,000, respectively. West Virginia Democrats also transferred $500,000 to the DNC on July 13.

Lowry did not know whether the DNC was the recipient of KDP’s $793,000 transfers.

Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Tres Watson said in a statement, “Kentucky Democrats like Jim Gray and Greg Stumbo have pledged their loyalty to Hillary Clinton but it’s gotten them as little for their bank account as it will at the ballot box.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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