Michele Bachmann fails again on campaign finance reports

For a budget hawk and a former tax pro, Rep. Michele Bachmann sure seems to have an issue with math.

Maybe it's because she's got more money than she knows what to do with.

The Federal Election Commission has informed her--again--that her year-end campaign finance reports have failed to adequately account for donations.

"It has come to the attention of the Federal Election Commission that you may have failed to file the above referenced report of contributions bundled by lobbyists/registrants and lobbyist/registrant PACs as required by the Federal Election Campaign Act," wrote FEC assistant staff director Debbi Chacona to Bachmann on Feb. 17.
Bachmann needs to keep better track of her campaign finances.
Bachmann needs to keep better track of her campaign finances.

Campaign finance attorney Brett Kappel told Politico the letter probably means that lobbyist political action committees reported bundling cash for Bachmann, but Bachmann failed to take the same care in her report.

The FEC came down on her three times in January for failing to properly account for about $1.5 million in contributions from small donors. Her campaign was required to itemize those donors if their contributions totaled more than $200.

Bachmann, meanwhile, is headed to a tea party gathering in Florida, where she'll doubtless be scolding the government for the way it handles its money.

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