COLUMBIA -- U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint's campaign has agreed to pay $25,000 in fines for accepting donations that exceeded the legal limit when he was running for his seat in the 2004 elections, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Documents recently released from the federal agency show the South Carolina Republican's campaign committee accepted 42 donations over the $2,000-per-person limit, totaling $68,106, in 2003 and 2004.
The agency said an interim audit found that all but $5,000 could be reallocated to a different cycle of the campaign, which involved a six-way primary race, a runoff with former Gov. David Beasley and a general election against then-state Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum.
Though the campaign followed up by reallocating the money, the timing did not meet the law, the agency said.
DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton noted only $5,000 had to be refunded out of more than $10 million raised.
"After an exhaustive three-year audit, of the thousands of contributions received by the campaign, only 42 were found not to have the required paperwork, which triggered the fine," Denton said in a statement Monday.
The fines also come because the campaign did not notify officials of receiving 23 donations, totaling $115,272, within the required 48 hours.