Rep. Robert L. Barr Jr. (R-Ga.) has agreed to pay more than $28,000 in fines to settle charges arising from a Federal Election Commission audit of his 1994 and 1996 campaigns, the FEC said Friday.
Barr, a frequent critic of Democratic fund-raising practices during the 1996 presidential campaign, also agreed to implement new campaign accounting procedures, send campaign financial workers to FEC training programs and prepare an internal training manual to help campaign workers comply with the law.
The FEC said Barr accepted nearly $100,000 in contributions to the two campaigns that exceeded federal election law limits of $1,000 per contributor per election; and failed to itemize an additional $25,045 in contributions from individuals who gave $200 or more to his campaign.
The commission also said Barr's campaigns failed to properly refund excessive cash contributions of $1,705, understated the receipts and expenditures in 1993, failed to disclose required identifying information about contributors who gave a total of $45,683 and failed to file required reports of large, pre-election contributions totaling $49,804.
Ben Ginsberg, an election lawyer who represented Barr in negotiations with the FEC, described the agreement as "one of those business-as-usual deals that cleaned up some things from Mr. Barr's initial races for Congress that had to do with highly technical aspects of federal election law."
CAPTION: Rep. Robert L. Barr Jr. (R-Ga.) also agreed to changes in staff training.