As I pointed out in the earlier post, Nancy Boyda returned an illegal $400 cash contribution.
Accepting that cash contribution is illegal under FEC rules, giving it back is a mitigating factor in getting fined by the FEC, but does not excuse taking it in the first place.
Not only is Nancy Boyda responsible as the candidate to ensure everyone on her staff is abiding by those rules, BUT Nancy Boyda is also the treasurer of her campaign. The fact that she is the treasurer of the campaign presents all kinds of questions about the internal controls of those financial statements and how money is spent, but acting as treasurer isn't per se illegal.
Let's remember, Nancy Boyda has made a big deal in running for office, and since going to Washington, that she is trying to clean up politics. It strikes peope as hypocritical to be talking about cleaning up other people's ethics if you can't run a tight ship in your own office.
Back to the actual transactions surrounding the cash contribution. According to Boyda's reports:
The donor gave $500 March 23rd.
The donor gave $400 more on April 19th (presumably the cash).
The donor gave $500 more on June 26th.
Boyda reported REFUNDING the cash on April 16th. That's three days before she reported getting it.
At the very least, the FEC out to be asking questions about the cash being accepted. And apparently they should audit her books since her accounting seems to leave something to be desired as she's reporting refunding cash before accepting it.
[Update 7/17/07: For the commenter who questioned the fact that cash contributions over $100 are in fact prohibited, here is the paragraph directly from the Candidate's Guide:
$100 Limit on Cash Contributions
A campaign may not accept more than $100 in cash from a particular source during the entire campaign period. 110.4(c)
Oh, and contributions generally are covered by 2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(7).
Basically, it's a rule and Nancy Boyda broke it.]
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.