Republican PAC dissolves, pays fine over campaign finance violations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An influential political action committee that’s helped elect Republicans to the Oklahoma Senate has agreed to dissolve and pay the state a fine of more than $60,000 after an investigation revealed state campaign finance rule violations.

The Republican Senatorial Committee agreed to the settlement Friday with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

As part of the agreement, PAC officials acknowledge accepting more than $35,000 of impermissible contributions. Those came from corporations or contributions earmarked for a specific candidate or candidate committee, both state ethics rules violations.

PAC Chairman Jeff Starling described the violations as `inadvertent clerical issues from quite some time ago.`

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