The New York Times: Ben Carson’s Book Tour Draws Campaign Finance Complaint


Many candidates are also authors, and the issue has come before the election commission before. Paul S. Ryan, an expert at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, said candidates were required to pay for any campaign-related events, such as fund-raisers, that they hold on a book tour.

Given the partisan division, Mr. Ryan said, the committee would most likely deadlock on whether Mr. Carson broke the law if his campaign didn’t pay a fair portion of travel expenses. Because four votes are needed to open an investigation, the Democracy Legal Fund’s challenge is unlikely to go anywhere, campaign law experts said.

“My best guess is, there’s unlikely to be four votes to pursue an investigation,” Mr. Ryan said.

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