‘Substantial’ evidence suggests Palazzo used campaign funds for own use, report says
The investigation by the OCE centered on two allegations outlined in a March 26 letter to the OCE from the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan organization that specialized in election law: $60,000 in campaign payments to a Palazzo-owned LLC for rental of office space and $127,933 in payments to Palazzo & Co. LLC, an accounting firm he transferred to his wife after taking office in 2011. The couple divorced in 2016 but payments continued. The attorney wrote a brief about the questionable spending and Deming sent the information to the Campaign Legal Center and Mike Hurst, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi.
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