The Kansas Democratic Party has agreed to pay a $19,000 fine to the Federal Elections Commission tied to an audit of its records from 2011 and 2012.
The FEC announced last week it had entered a conciliation agreement with the party resulting from the audit. According to the agreement, the FEC found the party had understated more than $122,000 in receipts and more than $160,000 in expenditures. It found the party also failed to maintain monthly payroll logs accounting for more than $320,000.
The agreement said the party contended the errors were inadvertent and it has worked to make improvements, including hiring new staff and allocating resources toward compliance.
The Democratic Party’s executive director, Ethan Corson, said the party was expecting the fine and had reached the agreement with the FEC. He said none of the party’s current officers and employees were there when the violations occurred.
“We did take the issues that were brought to our attention in the audit very seriously, so we’ve increased the amount of resources and training our staff receives in respect to compliance,” Corson said.
He said the party previously outsourced some compliance functions it has since brought in-house. He said he didn’t expect voters to find the violations troublesome.
“I think they’re concerned about which party has a better plan for Kansas going forward,” Corson said.
The Republican Party was fined $6,500 for violations that occurred when Secretary of State Kris Kobach was leading it in 2007 and 2008.