Cynthia McKinney agrees to $6k fine for ‘06 violations

Former Democratic congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Decatur has agreed to pay $6,000 to the Federal Election Commission for violations during her failed 2006 reelection campaign, according to documents released Monday.

My AJC colleague Bob Keefe says FEC records show that McKinney and her campaign treasurer, Joan Christian, agreed to settle a case involving $21,300 in contributions from individuals and political action committees.

The contributions from unnamed donors exceeded federal campaign contribution limits of $2,100 per person, according to the FEC.

According to a conciliation agreement released Monday that was signed by an attorney for McKinney and by FEC officials, the former congresswoman also did not properly disclose receipts, reimbursements and cash it had on hand. The campaign also made numerous other errors in its finance reports.

The FEC would have sought “a substantially higher” civil penalty in the case, according to the settlement, but didn’t because McKinney’s campaign funds were depleted. McKinney agreed to personally pay the $6,000 fine, according to records.

McKinney lost her 4th Congressional District seat to Democratic challenger Hank Johnson of Lithonia in the August primary runoff.

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Dekalb Resident

October 19th, 2009
5:08 pm

Of Course there would be a blog for anything negative about Cynthia Mckinney. My question is, where is Hank Johnson and what has he done for Dekalb County since winning that seat?


October 19th, 2009
5:13 pm

I’d rather have a quiet Rep than that crazy, racist woman. I’d rather have a rep that isn’t all about making headlines or making false accusations. At lesat Hank Johnson doesn’t make people NOT want to work with him by just being in the room.


October 19th, 2009
5:16 pm

agreed to settle a case involving $21,300 in contributions from individuals and political action committees.

ACORN perhaps?


October 19th, 2009
5:22 pm

Hank Johnson is not much better but, at least we got rid of her. Hank, watch out come election time……I hope you have another way of making it besides sponging off us taxpayers.

Corrine Brown (D) FL

October 19th, 2009
5:24 pm

go gatuh…and go cynthia!

Barticus Maximus

October 19th, 2009
5:44 pm

Dekalb Resident,
Of course there will be a blog about such a excessively liberal racist that is now a certifiable cheater. I expect a blog if the culprit be that of a right leaning militant candidate. You will better serve yourself if you try and take the emotion out of your thought process and make decisions (comments) based on morals and metrics such as policy and law. The only reason Ms. McKinney made the news was because she was so far off of base that she was almost comical. Then again, a train wreck is not comical.

Wow, Just Wow

October 19th, 2009
5:56 pm

Hank Johnson isn’t the brightest bulb in the patch, but he isn’t crazed.


October 19th, 2009
6:01 pm

As long as citizens take politics as a personal issue instead of an issue to better their lives we will continue to have the sorry, ineffective, don’t care about working people, willing to give it all to big business government that we have. The fact of the matter is the reason most people who are unemployed is because their jobs or the jobs that supported their job are now being done by exploited people in a foreign country. If you ask the average citizen what did McKinney do, they will repeat the line that she was looney. But they cannot tell you anything specific she did. More troubling most voted for Johnson because they wanted to get rid of McKinney. What they did not know is Johnson is more looney than McKinney could ever be. Has any one seen Johnson or heard anything anyting other than to hold a town hall meeting in a space he knew was too small and to answer no questions. What we need is people who are willng to work for the people for no more than two terms and pass it on.

Look Alive there are buzzards overhead

October 19th, 2009
6:11 pm

Corrine Brown (D) Fl go gatuh go McKinney as far away from Georgia as possible and don’t come back. She is a mental case with a vicious streak of hate for America. Good riddance.

Percey Harvey

October 19th, 2009
6:20 pm

I love Corrine Browns and Urban Meyers and Cynthia Mckinneys and Marion Barrys – Don’t be messin with my brothers and sisters because we love to say Go Gatuh. And I also love Barrak Obamas. Did I say go gatuh go gatuh go gatuh!!!! Dumb is as dumb does. Unbelievable that these people get elected.


October 19th, 2009
6:46 pm

Cynthia is cleaning the slate so she can run for Queen.


October 19th, 2009
7:01 pm

Seriously, who cares about this lady anymore? And yea, I remember the things she did….Slapping a federal officer, signing and championing the Truth on 9/11 campaign, trying to impeach Bush, Cheney and Rice, of course the reopening of the Tu Pac case( as if he ever lived in her district or even this state) and the 2 seperate instances of illegally traveling to Gaza. Lest us not forget her fathers great statement , “Jews have bought everybody … J-E-W-S.”


October 19th, 2009
7:04 pm

Hi there Cynthia! Glad to see you made it back to the good ole USA! I was worried for a while there “Girlfriend”. 6K is a small sum to pay the feds! I am a little short due this B— economy, otherwise I would kick in a few $$$$$. Take Care, and be careful in your travels to the Middle East!

North Fulton

October 19th, 2009
7:21 pm

Not only is Cynthia a ho, she’s a two dollar ho.

Dekalb Resident

October 19th, 2009
7:32 pm

Yes,,,I almost rate her with Saxby


October 19th, 2009
7:39 pm

Voting for Cynthia McKinney is an example of how DeKalb voters vote with a “Afro Pick in the pocket mentality”. The likes of Barrett, McKinney, and Dorsey are the reasons why DeKalb/Fulton suffers the way it does. We vote based on race rather then who can best represent the offices. So what do we end up with: a video shooting hip hop jail; a Ben Laden commando congresswoman; and an assassin for a Sheriff. Are we ever going to change.


October 19th, 2009
7:57 pm

Seems like Atlanta Democrats only know how to represent the interests of illegal aliens as opposed to representing the interests of US citizens!

What are the Democrats going to do about illegal aliens getting free medical care at ERs in Atlanta? That costs US taxpayers resources that should be spent on US citizens!

Oh, I forgot, they will solve this dilemna by granting amnesty to all the illegal aliens and their children that we have been educating for the last 15 years at the expense of our own children.

G. Tampa Bedwetter

October 19th, 2009
7:57 pm

is everyone in North Georgia insane?


October 19th, 2009
8:27 pm

I think in addition to paying that fine, she should have to pick up trash off of the road with her namesake…or maybe clean a federal prison floor or something like that. She is a real mess, but the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree….her daddy, Billy, is the real racist and a mean s.o.b. She had to learn it somewhere.

Burroughston Broch

October 19th, 2009
8:48 pm

There are actually two cases – 200 and 2006.
Read for yourself the substance of the orders: 2009 – and 2005 –
Cynthia ran the same scam twice and was caught twice.
In the 2009 case her campaign had no money left so she had to pay the $6000 fine out of her won pocket – there is some justice if you ignore where she probably got the money.
She fits in well in Berkeley.


October 19th, 2009
8:52 pm

I think that Cynthia Mckinney has been wearing her braids to tight for a long time,and Hank is not the sharpest tool in the shed either, maybe she will go back to “her beloved Gaza” and take him with her. I cannot say the things in here that I would like to I will leave it at this.


October 19th, 2009
9:07 pm

Buckwheat likes that!

Bill White

October 19th, 2009
9:55 pm

This “woman” is a disgrace. She hates white people, conservatives of all color/character and the Hebrews.
In opinion, she needs to be put in a maximum security prison for her “work” defying the Jews who rightfully own their land in Israel. This anti-semite learned her hate from her retarded bigoted father.

Julie Brown

October 20th, 2009
8:13 am

We live in a democracy and it is okay to agree and dis-agree with one’s public policy. However, to attack someone personally is tasteless at best. Several comments on this blog are racist to the core. In addition, Cynthia McKinney’s father (Mr. James E. “Billy” McKinney) is wise man and by far, was one of the most effective legislators in the Georgia General Assembly. In addition, I do not agree with Mr. McKinney on many issues, just like his support for Mary Norwood (whom Norwood has visted the McKinney’s on a frequent basis, I wonder if Cynthia was at her parents home during those visits? ) With that said, I have the up most respect for Mr. & Mrs. McKinney and love them both dearly.

When you reference the JEW’S were you talking about Madoff & Spitzer????


October 20th, 2009
11:08 am

Why, in the name of all that is good, should the amount of the fine depend upon how much cash the campaign has left? Isn’t that a way of saying that the FEC doesn’t really intend to impose meaningful fines? Campaign funds don’t belong to the candidate. Using them as the pool from which the fine is paid rewards a candidate who cheats. Even with the fine, McKinney comes out $15k ahead.

This type of fine lets the FEC look like it’s doing something without actually making the violators pay. It’s typical of the way Washington works. They’re great at spending other people’s money in a way that makes them look like heroes but somehow puts the rest of us at a disadvantage.

Why not require any fine be paid directly by those who did wrong rather than their campaign supporters? Why not jail time, which might discourage the politicians from doing wrong, instead of letting them have their supporters pay for their actions?


October 20th, 2009
4:03 pm

@Julie Brown “Several comments on this blog are racist to the core…” apparently that is not OK, but “When you reference the JEW’S were you talking about Madoff & Spitzer??” is OK.

So, in essence racism=bad, anti-semitism=ok.