The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) has reportedly given Fox News host Jeanine Pirro 24 hours to file a new financial report for her ill-fated 2006 campaign to challenge Hillary Clinton for U.S. Senate seat that left her campaign with more than $600,000 in debt.
The Center for Public Integrity’s Dave Levinthal reported on Wednesday that the FEC had sent a letter to Pirro giving her 24 hours to reply to their demand.
At that time, it reported having 20 creditors owed a combined $589,194 in debt, including to @verizon and the @USPS. Also reported $19,458 cash on hand: https://t.co/ufdCbKkP5t pic.twitter.com/ZwaIpX9J13
— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) February 20, 2019
“It is important that you file this report immediately,” the letter stated. “The failure to timely file a complete report may result in civil money penalties, an audit or legal enforcement action.”
The commission recommended that Pirro use an “overnight delivery or courier service” to avoid further delays.
The Daily Beast noted that Pirro’s committee last filed a financial report with the FEC almost seven years ago, making it extremely difficult to gauge the status of the repayment.
Newsweek notes that Pirro’s campaign “is still active 13 years on, as the law prohibits candidates from dissolving their campaign committees until all their debts have been repaid or there are plans in place to do so.”
According to the latest FEC filing, the committee acknowledged it owned $589,000 to 20 different vendors. The Lukens Company, a well-known Republican fundraising firm was owned the lion’s share of the amount, with $222,559 still outstanding.
The Daily Beast also reported that the FEC has sent the campaign 19 notices, including one in October.
“Committees must file regularly scheduled reports until the Commission notifies them in writing that it has granted their request to terminate,” FEC guidance states.