What happens to millions of campaign dollars after a race ends? ‘There are very few rules’
In extreme examples, committees have spent money after a candidate died. A former campaign consultant of Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Takai of Hawaii reportedly paid himself thousands of dollars on consulting after the congressman died in 2016. The Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit campaign watchdog group in Washington, filed a complaint in 2018, alleging the consultant “illegally converted the late Congressman’s leftover campaign funds to personal use.” The matter has not yet been resolved. But there’s nothing that would stop a former candidate from using old campaign dollars to run for another federal office.
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