Democrats slammed U.S. Rep. Ross Spano for reporting significant loans from personal funds in the first quarter of 2018.

“Spano is still reporting nearly $180,000 in loans from ‘personal funds,’” reads a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee press release, “despite his own admission he borrowed the funds from campaign donors in violation of campaign finance law.”

Of course, the reports do not conflict with Spano’s own story, that he repaid personal loans before the end of 2018. That won’t be documented in federal records until he files personal disclosures, which are due in May.

Still, Spano’s first quarter campaign disclosures include enough peculiarities to leave election observers scratching their heads and critics sharpening their knives.

Those include the odd report that in the first three months of 2018, Spano received $1 in non-itemized contributions to his campaign.

Settling debts

The Dover Republican has been dogged by questions about campaign finance since last year. Scrutiny increased significantly after Spano copped to financing his congressional campaign with $180,000 loaned by two individuals, Cary Carreno and Karen Hunt.

In a letter to the Federal Election Commission, Spano’s attorneys said he made that move in ignorance. “He believed he was acting in

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