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Miami congressman agrees to pay another fine over misreported campaign contributions

@PatriciaMazzei

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo will pay a second fine to the Federal Election Commission, this time over $52,875 in campaign contributions he failed to properly report last year.

The Miami Republican settled with the FEC and agreed to pay $1,050. He reached a similar agreement earlier this year, with a fine of $3,200, for omitting $26,700 in contributions.

Both problems stemmed from data corrupted in a software switch, Curbelo's campaign has maintained since October 2014. The staff has agreed to implement stricter financial controls since then.

"We are confident that our software provider has resolved all of the issues with the reporting program, and we've taken all the steps necessary to prevent this from happening again in the future," Nicole Rapanos, his 2014 campaign manager, said in a statement to the Miami Herald.

The issue over Curbelo's omitted and mislabeled contributions erupted in the home stretch of the tense campaign he waged against then-incumbent Rep. Joe Garcia.

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