Ethics commission fines former Democratic Party treasurers

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Two former volunteer treasurers of the Kansas Democratic Party were fined for signing off on the party's campaign finance reports that failed to accurately track hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial transactions.

The state ethics commission fined former treasurers Matt Watkins $5,000 and state Rep.-elect Tobias Schlingensiepen $1,000 for campaign finance violations on reports from 2011 to 2016. The fines can be forgiven in certain circumstances.

They also will be sent a letter of caution, which generally explains how to be civically engaged without violating the law.

Watkins and Schlingensiepen said they signed the campaign . . .

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