Washington Post: Members of Congress may now use campaign funds for personal home security


Federal regulators ruled this week that all Congress members may now use money raised from campaign donors to pay for security upgrades at their homes — a change prompted by the shooting last month that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).


Adav Noti, a senior director at the Campaign Legal Center, said that such a change might have allowed lawmakers to write off home improvements as necessary security fixes. But the FEC’s advisory “does a really good job of dodging that. It says that they can use campaign funds to pay for sensors and monitors and the monitoring of that equipment, new locks on their houses and that’s about it. That’s what the Sergeant at Arms wanted and that’s what he got.”

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