Turner campaign spends $90,000 on travel, meals in 3.5 years
Adav Noti of the Campaign Legal Center said officeholders can use campaign funds for campaign and office expenses that they wouldn’t have had if they weren’t a candidate or officeholder. “What was interesting about the pattern of spending for Rep. Turner wasn’t so much any one disbursement because any one of them standing alone would not raise eyebrows,” said Noti, a former FEC associate general counsel. “It was more the extended, multi-year pattern of meal after meal and hotel stay after hotel stay at very nice restaurants and very nice hotels.” Noti added that spending levels are worth examination. “I’d say the pattern of giving raises a question as to whether campaign donors are subsidizing the congressman’s personal lifestyle.”
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