The Associated Press

Former Mass. Speaker DiMasi’s PAC Ordered Closed

BOSTON — Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is facing new troubles, this time from the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

The agency has ordered the Boston Democrat’s political action committee to pay $5,500 in fines and shut down its operations.

The agreement came after an investigation of the committee’s records found what the state described as “numerous discrepancies,” including failure to disclose about $18,850 in receipts.

DiMasi’s lawyer Thomas Kiley said the errors were clerical and were corrected when brought to the committee’s attention.

The agency said its review of DiMasi’s Committee to Elect a Democratic House also found $1,500 in excess contributions from individuals, $500 in excess contributions from lobbyists, and $2,500 in excess contributions from other political action committees.

DiMasi is awaiting trial on federal corruption charges.

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