Audit Launched into Rep. Chris Cannon's 2004 Election

Audit Launched into Rep. Chris Cannon's 2004 Election

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An audit has been launched into a Utah congressman's 2004 election race.

Representative Chris Cannon's campaign treasurer has turned over records from his 2004 election race to the Federal Election Commission.

Joe Hunter, Cannon's chief of staff, told the Salt Lake Tribune it appears to be a pretty routine, straight-up audit and he's not concerned.

Hunter said the campaign is working with the auditors and that Cannon's treasurer has sent records to the F-E-C.

F-E-C spokesman Bob Biersack said he can't comment on specific cases the commission may be investigating. However, he said that the commission can't legally conduct random audits.

Biersack said generally an audit can be triggered when the staff identifies questions relating to the "content or context" of the reports.

Cannon reported raising more than 640-thousand dollars in his successful 2004 re-election bid. He spent more than 634-thousand dollars.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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