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Buchanan Misses FEC deadline

October 30, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Pat Buchanan, who is financing his presidential campaign with $12.6 million in federal money, has failed to disclose his most recent spending.

The Reform Party nominee missed the Federal Election Commission’s deadline last Thursday for reporting his fund raising and spending during the first 18 days of October. It is the last report to be filed before the Nov. 7 election.

All presidential and congressional candidates who have raised or spent at least $5,000 for the fall election were required to file. The Buchanan campaign could face a fine for failing to file on time.

FEC officials said Monday that Buchanan’s campaign was reminded Oct. 2 about the pre-election filing requirements. And Buchanan spokesman K.B. Forbes acknowledged that the report hadn’t been filed. He said the campaign was still working on it.

The campaign was told Friday that the FEC would publicize its failure to file if the forms were not submitted by midweek. The FEC previously cited Buchanan’s primary campaign for failing to submit its Aug. 20 report on time.

The most recent report filed by Buchanan covered his campaign spending in September. It showed that the conservative former television commentator and columnist had spent $4.6 million, including $1 million on advertising and more than $500,000 on legal fees.

Buchanan successfully defeated efforts by a Reform Party faction led by Natural Law Party presidential nominee John Hagelin to deny him the Reform nomination and claim the $12.6 million in federal funds.

He also spent $353,292 to reimburse the primary campaign for spending for the general election, and almost $8,300 to house his running mate, Ezola Foster, and her husband across the street from their Virginia campaign headquarters.

He had $8.2 million in the bank as of Sept. 30.

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