Guinta Agrees To Pay Back $355K In Illegal 2010 Campaign Donations

May 13, 2015

Frank Guinta
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The Federal Elections Commission says U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta illegally accepted more than $300,000 in campaign donations from his parents in 2010.

Questions over Guinta's finances arose in 2010, the year the Republican was first elected to Congress. He was defeated in 2012, but reclaimed the seat in November.

Related: NHPR's reporting on Guinta's finances from 2010

Over the years, Guinta flatly denied the money came from his parents and said he and his wife saved it working in the private sector. But in an agreement reached this week, the FEC says the money came from his parents' bank accounts.

Guinta, who must repay the money plus a $15,000 fine, did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday. He told the FEC he had an equitable interest in the accounts.

The agreement was first reported by WMUR-TV.