Local Politics

Lawmaker's Campaign Pays State Fine

Posted October 3, 2007 9:47 a.m. EDT
Updated October 3, 2007 11:23 a.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville lawmaker's campaign committee has paid a $16,000 fine that the State Board of Elections imposed as punishment for campaign finance violations.

The elections board ruled in June that Rep. Mary McAllister, D-Cumberland, committed a "substantial violation" of rules governing campaign finances. The board found no criminal wrongdoing, however, and didn't refer the case to prosecutors.

McAllister deposited money from her campaign into her personal account and was repaid for a nonexistent loan to her campaign, the board ruled.

The 17-year veteran of the state House testified that she didn't remember certain loan payments listed in her campaign reports. She also claimed staffers might have made mistakes.

The elections board ordered her campaign committee to forfeit $3,625 in illegal campaign contributions and $5,669 for the loan repayment. It also ordered her to pay $7,000 to reimburse the board for its costs in investigating the case.