FEC Fines Jeff Sessions’ Campaign $15,000

June 27, 2021 by Dan McCue
Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks on during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 17, 2018. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

The Federal Election Commission fined the Senate campaign of Jeff Sessions $15,000 for failing to properly disclose a last-minute, $150,000 loan from the candidate prior to the July 2020 Republican primary.

The agency revealed the fine and its payment on Friday.

Campaigns are required to notify the FEC within 48 hours about any contributions or loans they receive greater than $1,000 in the 20-day period before election day. 

On June 30, 2020, two weeks before a Republican primary runoff against Tommy Tuberville, Sessions lent his campaign $150,000. 

But the campaign did not disclose the loan until late July, after Sessions had lost the runoff to Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach who then went on to soundly defeat Democrat Doug Jones in the general election, 61.3% to 38.6%.  

Sessions, who most recently served as former President Donald Trump’s attorney general, fell out of favor with the president due to his allowing the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election to continue.

Sessions forgave the $124,000 balance of the loan in December, and was notified of the fine in February. He paid the fine three months later.

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