Staten Island DA McMahon Bought St. Patrick's Day Breakfasts With Unspent Campaign Money


“He no longer had a campaign, so it’s hard to see how those campaign expenses are justified,” said Brendan Fischer, Director of Federal Reform for the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington watchdog group. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) gives former members of Congress six months to wind down their campaign affairs after their last day in office. Leftover funds are to be refunded to donors, transferred to other political committees, or donated to charity. However, the agency doesn’t actually require candidates to close their accounts, and it pays little attention to spending once elections are over.

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