FEC fines Joe Kennedy for ‘good deed’

FEC fines Joe Kennedy for ‘good deed’

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.

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“The reasoned exercise of prosecutorial discretion is essential to the effective and just administration of our campaign-finance laws. Under these circumstances,

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