Speaker Chopp to pay $6,470 for campaign finance violations
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - House Speaker Frank Chopp will pay $6,470 in penalties and attorneys' fees related to campaign finance violations.
The attorney general's office announced Tuesday that the Seattle Democrat has been assessed $3,480 in penalties, of which half is suspended as long as he doesn't have any additional violations over the next four years. Chopp also must pay $4,729.78 in attorneys' fees, court costs and costs of investigation.
The office says that Chopp was late in disclosing contributions and expenditures, including debt. He also was late in returning contributions that went above the allowed limit.
Chopp said Tuesday that the violations were unintentional.