In a letter dated April 5 and addressed to Governor Gary Johnson and Gary Johnson 2012, Inc., the Federal Election Commission states that it has “determined, after administrative review, that Governor Johnson and the Committee must repay $332,191 to the United States Treasury. Governor Johnson and the Committee must repay this amount within 30 calendar days after service of this determination.” Attached to the letter is a detailed statement of reasons, summarized as a finding that “the Committee used matching funds to defray non-qualified campaign expenses.”
Gary Johnson 2012, Inc. received a total of $632,016.75 in FEC matching funds for the 2012 election cycle, in which Johnson first sought the Republican Party’s presidential nomination then became the Libertarian Party’s nominee. Ballot access expert Richard Winger notes (via email) that “it is very common for candidates who receive primary season matching funds to be audited and for the FEC to find that the candidates owes some of the money back again.”
As of its most recent FEC filing (year-end for 2015), Gary Johnson 2012, Inc. lists remaining unresolved campaign debt, prior to the FEC’s demand, of $1,538,118.73.
Johnson is seeking the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination as well.
The pdf is below: