FEC finds problems with SarahPAC contributions

The Federal Elections Commission has found that former Gov. Sarah Palin’s political action committee gave excessive contributions to two well-known Republicans.

The problem is highlighted in a letter sent to SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford.

Crawford told the Anchorage Daily News that the problem has been fixed.

He said SarahPAC has sorted out the $5,000 contributions to Sens. John McCain and Lisa Murkowski, and the campaigns have already refunded $200 each.

Crawford blamed the problems on election software used to deal with required disclosures.

Federal law allows political action committees to give candidates up to $5,000 per election if they meet certain conditions. Lower limits of $2,400 per election can apply.

Crawford said SarahPAC has redesignated the $5,000 going to the McCain and Murkowski campaigns so that each received $2,400 for the 2010 primary and another $2,400 for the general election.

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The FEC wants a response by Sept. 24. It says an audit or enforcement action is possible if the deadline is not met.