Rep. Elijah Cummings left $1 million in campaign funds when he died. His treasurer says he had a plan for it.
Under federal law, the committees of deceased or former lawmakers have broad discretion on how to spend money. In recent years, more than a half-dozen former members of Congress have taken advantage of election law loopholes and tapped their old campaign accounts to lobby on behalf of foreign clients, the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center and The Daily Beast reported in July. Under the law, Cummings’ committee could give a maximum of $2,000 to another federal candidate’s primary and another $2,000 for their general election campaign, according to FEC spokesman Christian Hilland.
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