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Jun 22, 2016 2:36 PM

Rep. Frank Guinta faces new campaign finance complaint

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has been asked to investigate another allegation that New Hampshire Republican Rep. Frank Guinta violated campaign finance rules.

Former state GOP chairman Fergus Cullen this week filed a complaint with the FEC alleging that Guinta essentially kept $81,500 for himself when he returned $355,000 in illegal campaign donations. Guinta, who originally reported those donations as a loan from himself, later told the commission they came from a "family pot" of money he contributed to and managed. But the FEC concluded they were illegal donations from his parents, and Guinta paid back the $355,000 in January.

Cullen argues Guinta had already reimbursed himself $81,500, so he essentially paid himself twice. Guinta's spokesman says the FEC knew about the $81,500 payment but insisted the campaign repay the full $355,000.

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