Why Did Reid's PAC Buy Britney Spears Tickets? New Report Details Congress' 'Slush Fund'

Reno Gazette Journal

Across party aisles, some of Congress' biggest names have one thing in common: They have leadership PACs — and they like to spend big in Las Vegas.

That's according to a new report by the non-partisan groups Campaign Legal Center and Issue One. The government watchdog groups found of the $160 million spent by leadership PACs in 2016, only $74 million — less than half — went to campaign contributions, their intended purpose.

The kind of spending allowed by leadership PAC would be illegal in a politician’s own campaign fund. That creates  a gray area open for misuse, said Campaign Legal Center spokesperson Corey Goldstone.

“People are exploiting the lack of guidance,” Goldstone said.

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