Paul Ryan must have a really big headache by now.
New Hampshire Republican Rep. Frank Guinta seem to have a difficult time deciding which money belongs to his parents and which belongs to him because he keeps trying to break FEC rules. See, back in 2015, he admitted to having accepted contributions from his parents during his 2010 campaign in excess of what is allowable by FEC rules, or law, if you’re going to be a stickler. (Source) He then signed an agreement with the FEC and even issued a public apology at the time. Of course, the “apology” was in pure Republican-ese and insisted that the loans were actually legal, even though he also paid a $15,000 fine. (Source)
Unfrotunately for Republicans, Guinta has decided to double down on his, well, confusion. In his latest financial disclosure, he has decided to claim once again that the $355,000 he was supposed to pay back to his parents, according to his agreement with the FEC actually belongs to him, referring to it as a “Guinta Family Fund.” According to his campaign manager, Jay Ruais, Guinta is a signatory on the fund and shouldn’t have to pay himself back. As such, he has insisted on keeping the money.
In a letter to the FEC, Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, said, “Rather than refunding the $355,000 in illegal excessive contributions Frank Guinta received from his parents back to his parents, he has instead kept the money himself. … It was plainly not the Commission’s intent for Guinta to keep the money personally or recycle the illegal excessive contribution he received from his parents back into his campaign committee a second time. Indeed, Guinta is thumbing his nose at the Commission.”
This is a typical “law and order” Republican approach to campaign finance, folks. Anyone who is surprised hasn’t been paying attention.
Oh, and by the way, despite constant requests to do so, Guinta refuses to release tax returns. The douche doesn’t fall far from the bag.