10:55 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Federal Election Commission Scolds Brooks Wicker for Late Finance Report

The Federal Election Commission has warned Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker about an overdue campaign finance report, which could result in civil penalties.

As first reported by LEO Weekly's Joe Sonka, the FEC wrote a letter warning the GOP challenger that he has failed to file his third quarter receipts and disbursements and has four days to comply. The report was due October 15.

The FEC goes on to say that any "failure to timely file this report may result in civil money penalties, an audit or other legal" action.

"All documents have been reported to the FEC," says Wicker campaign manager Michael Wray. "I spoke with (FEC analyst Chris) Ritchie today, and the matter will be resolved shortly."

Fundraising has plagued Wicker—who is an accountant—since he announced his bid to unseat Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, and campaign has struggled to gain attention in the media. According to Wray, the Wicker campaign raised approximately $33,500 during the third quarter and have about $9,700 in cash on-hand. 

With less than two weeks until Election Day, Yarmuth is expected to begin running his first round of TV ads next week. Asked if the Wicker campaign will have enough money to compete over the airwaves, Wray appears confident.

"We will continue on with our messaging and turnout strategy and will be on the air the final week or so," he says.

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