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Gerlach Hit With Fine Following Complaint

The Federal Election Commission said Wednesday it was hitting Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) with a hefty six-figure fine for keeping messy ledgers over a two-year period.

Gerlach’s campaign will have to pay $120,000 for overreporting $2.2 million in contributions and misreporting $9,000 in refunded contributions.

The FEC’s investigation stemmed from a complaint filed by Lois Murphy, an attorney who has unsuccessfully challenged Gerlach in the past two elections.

Gerlach’s campaign had about $11,000 in cash going into the first quarter of 2007, according to CQ PoliticalMoneyLine.

— Matthew Murray

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