BOISE -- The Federal Election Commission sends notices to candidates who appear to have taken too much money from contributors, and half of those notices in roughly the last year involved just three candidates. Republican Senator Mike Crapo was one of them, having received four notices in the last year. His campaign says all have since been resolved.
The FEC monitors campaign contributions to candidates and investigates any problems or possible issues. In this case, it's contributions from individuals that exceed $2,400.
Individuals can only donate up to that amount once for the primary and up to that same amount once for the general election. If they exceed that donation limit, the FEC sends a letter to the campaign for the matter to be fixed or face penalty.
The donor can put the excessive money into the next election cycle, reattribute the money to his or her spouse, or take it back. Senator Mike Crapo's campaign team says all of those four over-contributions have already been taken care of in one of those ways.
Crapo's campaign manager, Jake Ball, adds another campaign law about depositing donations can make it tough to avoid a notice from the FEC.
"We have many enthusiastic contributors. Some of whom inadvertently contribute over the limit," Ball said. "By law, we are required to deposit every contribution within 10 days of receipt. When one of these situations arises and the timing of it straddles a reporting period, the FEC sends a request for additional information."
As of June 30th, Crapo's campaign had received around $2.6 million, nearly half from individual contributions. The next report on campaign finances is due next week.
The other two senate candidates with the most notices are Republican candidate Marco Rubio of Florida, who also had four notices, and Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who had three.