Ritz blames error for possible illegal campaign donations

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is blaming a clerical error for about $8,000 in campaign contributions being collected during this year's legislative session in a potential violation of the state's campaign finance laws.

A disclosure report filed this week by Ritz's gubernatorial campaign shows it received 28 contributions between Jan. 6 and Feb. 23, WRTV Channel 6 reported. State office candidates are prohibited from accepting campaign money during the Legislature's budget-writing sessions.

Ritz, a Democrat, said Friday her campaign did no fundraising during the blackout period and believed the contributions were listed by deposit date rather than when received.

State election division co-director Bradley King told The Indianapolis Star that there might still be a violation.

Reports filed by the other candidates for governor don't list any money collected during the legislative session.

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