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Jan 29, 2016 12:49 PM

NH US Rep. Guinta repays $355K questioned by commission

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (GYIHN'-tah) of New Hampshire says he has repaid $355,000 that the Federal Election Commission said he took in illegal campaign donations from his parents and confirmed his re-election bid.

Guinta announced the repayment in a news release Friday. He has said the money was a loan from a family account. WMUR-TV first reported the repayment.

In a settlement made public last year, the FEC fined the 1st District Republican $15,000 and ordered him to repay his parents. Guinta insists the money belonged to him because for years he contributed to and managed a "family pot" of money.

The incident led top state Republicans to call for his resignation.

Guinta was first elected in 2010, lost to Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in 2012, then defeated her in 2014. Several other Republicans are running for the nomination and Shea-Porter's running again.

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