The Committee to Improve Florida’s Economy, an electioneering communications organization associated with former Rep. Kevin Rader, lost its appeal Tuesday of a fine of more than $15,000 for failing to file one its finance reports on time, reports the News Service of Florida. The Florida Elections Commission voted 4-3 to find no unusual circumstances despite the organization’s claims that it had already mistakenly filed many of its expenditures for the period covered by the report in an earlier reporting period — causing a bookkeeper to think the report had already been filed. Some commmissioners were sympathetic up to a point. “The information was there,” said Gregory King. But some commissioners were also troubled that both reports omitted a $70,000 expenditure for a mailer until more than a week after the late report was filed. The ECO’s treasurer was listed as Eric Johnson, a consultant for Rader’s 2010 Senate campaign.