U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga) was fined $7,500 by the state Ethics Commission Thursday for failing to file reports showing what he did with leftover campaign money he raised while he served in the General Assembly.
Scott served two decades in the General Assembly from Atlanta before being elected to Congress in 2002.
The commission opened an investigation on dozens of current and former lawmakers in 2007 and 2008 who had failed to file numerous reports saying how much campaign money they’d raised and how that money was spent.
Legislators who leave office cannot convert leftover campaign money to personal use. They are required to file reports detailing how the leftover money is spent until it is gone. In his last report before the investigation began, filed in 2004, Scott reported having about $83,000 in leftover funds. After the investigation began, Scott filed a series of late reports correcting errors and showing the account had a negative balance.