Grayson Accused of Campaign Finance Violation

After spending a year talking tersely to Republicans, populist firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) may soon be getting a scolding of his own — from election regulators for botching disclosure language on a recent fundraising appeal.

Grayson is accused in a complaint filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission of breaking federal campaign finance laws earlier this week when his campaign solicited prohibited corporate campaign contributions on behalf of a Florida political candidate, Scott Maddox.

In an e-mail sent by his re-election committee, Grayson asked his donors to attend a Thursday fundraiser and give the maximum “$500 per person or corporate” contribution to Maddox, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to be the Sunshine State’s commissioner of agriculture and consumer services. If he wins the August primary, Maddox is expected to face retiring Rep. Adam H. Putnam (R-Fla.) in November’s general election.

CQ Politics

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