Despite coughing up $1.7 million of his own money to clear a spending mistake in his 2020 primary campaign against Sen. Ed Markey, former Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy has been slapped with a $35,000 fine by the Federal Election Commission.
That the commission didn’t know about the error until the Democrat’s committee pointed it out didn’t matter to the agency, which voted 4-2 to punish Kennedy.
“No good deed goes unpunished,” said GOP FEC Commissioner Sean Cooksey in a statement. He and fellow Republican Commissioner Trey Trainor voted against the fine, while the FEC’s third Republican, Allen Dickerson, joined with the Democrats.
“The reasoned exercise of prosecutorial discretion is essential to the effective and just administration of our campaign-finance laws. Under these circumstances,