Former lawmakers using "slush funds" to lobby members of Congress for foreign nations


“Examples like these,” the Campaign Legal Center said in its report, “add another dimension to the familiar but ever-expanding story of money, influence, and access in Washington.” The Federal Election Commission does not have clear rules about how leftover campaign funds may be used after a lawmaker leaves office. The Campaign Legal Centerurged the agency to crack down on the scourge of what it called “zombie-campaigns.” “Many former members appear to have treated their old campaign accounts as slush funds,” the group said. “

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