Body armor and pepper spray: Politicians can buy safety gear with campaign funds after Capitol attack
The request is still pending. But that ask, similar to the argument made in Massachusetts’ advisory opinion, marks a departure from the underlying reasons for past allowances, which usually centered on specific threats, said Brendan Fischer, director of the Campaign Legal Center’s federal reform program. “This is a change to ask for some blanket permission to use campaign funds for personal security,” Fischer said, adding that he expects the FEC to approve the request. “It’s become pretty clear that every officeholder at the moment is in a more threatening environment than in past years.”
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