Joe Kennedy III: Senate campaign improperly spent $1.5M


BOSTON (AP) — U. S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III's campaign improperly spent $1.5 million earmarked for the general election during the Massachusetts congressman's failed bid to capture the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat, he said Friday.

Kennedy said in a statement to The Boston Globe that he did not know about the improper spending before the Sept. 1 primary election, and has since reimbursed the campaign with his $1.5 million of his own money. He and his campaign self-reported the violation to the Federal Election Commission last week, he said.

“After an internal review, I believe it was an honest mistake by those involved, resulting from misinformation, not malintent,” Kennedy told the newspaper. “But as the candidate, I take full responsibility for the error that occurred and have worked to rectify it as expeditiously as possible.”

The campaign dipped into the general election funds beginning in August, as incumbent U. S. Sen. Edward Markey closed the polling gap and out-fundraised Kennedy, the newspaper reported. Markey ultimately won the Sept. 1 primary by a margin of nearly 11 points, a... (Read more)

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