TN GOP violated campaign finance laws, officials say

WASHINGTON -- The Tennessee Republican Party failed to report thousands of dollars in campaign donations and spending in 2005 and 2006 and violated other campaign finance laws, the Federal Election Commission has determined.

The FEC last week voted to approve the findings of a staff audit that was initiated in 2007. The commission could begin an enforcement action related to the audit's findings.

The audit found that the party's federal election account misstated financial activity, took contributions from unregistered political organizations, and may have improperly coordinated its activities with then Senate candidate Bob Corker's campaign.