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State elections board slashes campaign fines

Former Democratic candidate Ty Richardson will pay far less than his $31,000 fine for failure to file timely campaign finance records during his 2008 campaign.

The N.C. State Board of Elections agreed Tuesday to let the former state labor commissioner candidate pay $5,000, in $400 monthly installments, after a mediation settlement. The board also approved penalties against 13 other political committees for not meeting filing deadlines, letting all pay far less than the original fine.

Four committees -- the N.C. Landscape Architects PAC, Hugh Blackwell for N.C. House, Verla Insko for State House and the Jackson County Democratic Women -- will pay no penalty after staff recommended waiving it based on an appeal.

Insko, a Democrat,, is the only sitting lawmaker fined. She was originally assessed a $1,000 penalty.

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