Counting On star Jed Duggar is in a spot of legal trouble. The candidate for the Arkansas Legislature might have received illegal campaign donations.
At the heart of the allegations is a donation from someone in Louisiana for $8,400. That amount is triple the legal limit in Arkansas, according to The Sun.
Jed received the donation to his campaign from Ross Little, a retired banker in Lafayette, Louisiana. It appears the donor tried to get around campaign finance laws by having his wife write one of the checks. However, they live at the same home. Because the Littles have the same home address, they and Jed’s campaign technically violated the law.
The first $2,800 donation arrived on August 30 followed by the second donation of $5,600 on September 9, according to financial filings with the Arkansas Secretary of State.
The state allows a maximum of $2,800 from a single donor. Arkansas’s statutes fine candidates who violate this campaign finance law $3,500 per incident. With both donations surpassing the legal limit, they could hammer Jed with a $7,000 fine.
A candidate can pay the fine with donations however, Jed needs to declare any campaign expenditures over $100. The whole incident means the legislative hopeful would see a net gain from the Littles’ donations, but not nearly as much as intended. Almost all of their financial support would go towards fines.
Counting On Star In Trouble
Jed, who announced his candidacy last November, has had varying degrees of success during his campaign. This is the first time he’s come under scrutiny by law enforcement, though.
The trouble he’s in is almost entirely financial at the moment. There’s no sign the extra donations are signs of anything more sinister than an overzealous donor.
On the other hand, Jed’s finances show he’s got an uphill battle if he wants to win election in a few weeks. The Duggar is going up against an incumbent Democrat in Megan Godfrey.
So far, she’s raised almost four times the amount of money Jed raised. Thanks to the larger pot of money, she’s outspent him almost five-to-one. If there is a bright side, it’s that the Counting On star has more “cash on hand.”
He has a war-chest worth just over $36,000 with less than two weeks to go until the election. Godfrey has about $6,000 less on hand.
Some Duggar Donors
Most of Jed’s family is supportive of his run. Duggar Patriarch Jim Bob donated $300 to the campaign. His brothers John, Joseph, James and Jason all donated $500 a piece. Jessa’s husband Ben Seewald and Joy’s husband, Austin Forsyth, also gave $500 to the cause.
However, not all of Jed’s siblings pitched in. Josiah, Josh, Jinger and Jill are nowhere on the campaign financial disclosures. It’s not clear if the Counting On kids are feuding or simply didn’t want to get involved in politics.
Season 11 of Counting On wrapped up last month. Stay tuned to find out of it will return for another season.
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