David Schweikert’s campaign agrees to $125,000 fine for violations

Rep. David Schweikert speaks to the crowd of volunteers, reminding them of their goal for the morning: getting ballots in.

Rep. David Schweikert’s campaign committee agreed to pay a $125,000 fine to theFederal Election Commission for misusing donations and failing to adequately report other transactions, according to disclosures filed Friday by the FEC.

The commission was made aware of the matter by Schweikert’s committee and comes after years of allegations of unethical conduct that have swirled around Schweikert, R-Ariz., hindering fundraising and costing him hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. The Daily Beast first reported the federal fine. 

The FEC’s probe of the matter determined there was “reason to believe” that violations by Schweikert’s former campaign manager and chief of staff Oliver Schwab were “knowing and willful.”

Schwab, who had been with Schweikert since his successful 2010 congressional campaign, stepped down in 2018 amid a separate ethics probe. At the time of his departure, he said he was leaving to have surgery and work for the U.S. Coast Guard. 






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