U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's campaign said it did not misreport donations it received during the first six months of 2021, after questions about whether those contributions should be itemized were raised by the Federal Election Commission earlier this month.
In two filings posted to the commission's website on Sept. 6, the commission requested the Rome Republican congresswoman's husband and campaign treasurer, Perry Greene, provide additional details about donations the campaign received in the first two quarters of 2021.
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.
In letters submitted to the commission on Tuesday by Perry Greene and assistant treasurer Jason Boles, the campaign said it understood and had followed the federal rule requiring candidates to itemize donations or disclose the identity of donors for contributions that total more than $200 during an election cycle.
They said a careful review of data collected by FrontRunner, a certified third-party vendor they use to manage the data from various contribution sources, showed that "none of the donors" met the required reporting threshold. Instead, they said the combined $3.5 million was raised through small donations under $200.
Candidates are not legally required to itemize donations or disclose the identities of donors for contributions under that amount.
"The [FrontRunner] software evaluates data for duplicate contributors to ensure receipts are aggregated properly and reported to the appropriate summary lines and schedules of the disclosure reports," Greene and Boles wrote in the letter.
For the first six months of 2021, the campaign said it recorded a total of 155,052 receipts.
Greene raised more money during the first three months of this year than any other Republican member of the house.
A Times Free Press analysis 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 reviewed by the newspaper, about $654,000 of the donations were itemized. Of those, fewer than 10% of donations came from local sources.
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