Federal Election Commission asks Marjorie Taylor Greene to explain more than $3.5 million in small-donor contributions

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene makes a speech during the 17th annual Floyd County GOP Rally at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on Aug. 7, 2021, in Rome, Ga.

The Federal Election Commission has asked U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, for more information about more than $3.5 million in contributions to her re-election campaign.

In two filings posted to the commission's website Monday, the commission requested the congresswoman's husband and campaign treasurer, Perry Greene, provide additional details about donations the campaign received in the first two quarters of 2021.

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According to the filings, the Greene campaign received $2.6 million in unitemized donations from undisclosed donors from January to March. Another $967,000 in unitemized donations from undisclosed donors was received from April to June.

Candidates are not legally required to itemize donations or disclose the identity of their donors for contributions that total less than $200 during an election cycle.

When contributions from an individual reach $200, however, each subsequent contribution from that person must be itemized, regardless of the amount.

Itemizations must detail the full name of the donor, the donor's mailing address and ZIP code, the donor's employer information, the date of the donation, the election designation and an accurate, cycle-to-date amount of contributions made by the donor.

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Greene, who represents Georgia's 14th congressional district, has until Oct. 12 to respond to the filings and provide clarification about the more than $3.5 million in donations, with no option to request an extension of time. Failure to respond in a timely manner could, according to the filings, result in an audit or enforcement action.

To comply with federal rules related to campaign contributions, Greene's team must either provide the necessary information about each donor or show that the money came from about 17,628 donors contributing no more than $200 each.

Greene out-fundraised every other Republican member of the House in the first three months of this year, largely on the strength of reported small donations.

Greene's campaign did not return calls for comment Wednesday.

A Times Free Press review of more than 1,600 pages of campaign donations filed by Greene and her team in April revealed that a majority of donations to her campaign came from outside her district in Northwest Georgia.

In the financial report, about $654,000 of the donations were itemized. Of those, fewer than 10% of donations came from local sources.

Contact Kelcey Caulder at kcaulder@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327. Follow her on Twitter @kelceycaulder.