Ensigns Pay $54,000 Civil Penalty for Campaign Finance Violations
Posted at 5:26 p.m. on May 17, 2013
Former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., and his campaign committee and PAC agreed to pay a $32,000 civil penalty to settle a compliance case with the Federal Election Commission. Ensign’s parents, Michael and Sharon Ensign, agreed to pay a $22,000 civil penalty.
The conciliation agreement with John Ensign, his campaign committee and his PAC in the FEC case (MUR 6718) indicates that when his parents paid $96,000 to Doug and Cynthia Hampton it was attributable to Cynthia Hampton’s lost salary and health care benefits from both the campaign committee and the PAC. The committees did not report the in-kind payments received, and the committee received excessive contributions of $57,400 because of those in-kind contributions. Ensign and his committees agreed to pay a $32,000 civil penalty.
The conciliation agreement
with Michael and Sharon Ensign indicates the $96,000 payment from their Ensign 1993 Trust account to Doug and Cynthia Hampton was an excessive $57,400 in-kind contribution given
to John Ensign’s campaign committee and PAC since the payments were attributable to Cynthia Hampton’s lost salary and health care benefits from both the campaign committee and the PAC. Michael and Sharon Ensign agreed to pay a $22,000 civil penalty.