Firm takes blame for Shuler campaign filing error

May 28, 2011 - 5:58 PM

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A company that helped fill out campaign finance reports for U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler is taking the blame for failing to report $1 million in spending late in the North Carolina Democrat's 2010 re-election campaign.

Brett Smiley, a founder of Campaign Finance Officers, told the Asheville Citizen-Times that the person responsible for the error was fired.

Shuler paid the company $30,000 during the recent two-year election cycle to compile and file the reports. His campaign first reported the error in a January letter to the Federal Election Commission.

Shuler spokesman Andrew Whalen said the congressman hasn't heard from the FEC since filing the amended reports.

Most of the unreported money was spent on a Washington firm, Buying Time LLC, which buys advertisements.

Shuler defeated Republican Jeff Miller, a Hendersonville businessman.