Four years after improperly asking a Republican leader for $25,000, former Rep. Aaron Schock has agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission.
The settlement “was reached to avoid the delay and expense of litigation,” a spokesman for McGuireWoods, Schock’s law firm, told the Chicago Tribune.
In 2012, the Illinois Republican asked for the money from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s political action committee for a group running ads in support of Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who was in a tight primary race at the time.
Federal officeholders are not allowed to seek more than $5,000 from federal PACs, according to FEC rules.
“It’s not every day that the current FEC actually enforces campaign finance laws,” said Larry Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, one of the groups that filed the FEC complaint against Schock.
Noble told the newspaper it was “absurd” that it took the FEC more than four years to “resolve a straightforward violation.”
Schock left the House in 2015 when he became the target of an investigation into how he spent campaign money and his $1 million-plus annual office fund. He still faces federal charges over that inquiry, but as grand jury proceedings are secret, the status of the case is unknown.