Former Rep. Aaron Schock has agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty from the Federal Election Commission after he asked a top GOP official for a $25,000 contribution to help another Illinois Republican, documents show.
The decision drew criticism for how long it took to conclude the case.
In 2012, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, of Channahon, was in a bitter primary race against Rep. Don Manzullo from the Rockford area. Schock was in Congress when he asked then-Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., who was House majority leader, for $25,000 from Cantor’s political action committee for a group broadcasting ads in support of Kinzinger.
Federal officeholders may not seek contributions of more than $5,000 from federal PACs in such cases, according to the FEC, which handles civil enforcement of federal campaign-finance law.
A spokesman for McGuireWoods, Schock’s law firm, said Monday that the settlement “was reached to avoid the delay and expense of litigation.”
“It was expedient and practical for Aaron to resolve this very old matter with a mutual settlement agreement,” said the spokesman, Mark Hubbard.
Schock, of Peoria, quit Congress in March 2015 after becoming the target of a federal criminal probe examining how he spent campaign funds and his $1 million-plus annual office budget. The status of that case was not known because grand jury proceedings are secret, and the U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield declined to comment on Monday.
I hope Schock’s wrist wasn’t bruised by the massive nature of the fine.