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Foley Campaign Money Could Become His Legal Defense Fund

Have you had enough???  Again, why are these congressmen allowed to use  their campaign money for a defense fund?  I think we should tell them that they will not get one red dime until they change this.  If they are corrupt or involved in a scandal, like Foley, they should pay for their own defense.

From ABC’s the Blotter:

 Disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley has almost $2 million in campaign funds to play with, and he can use the money to defend himself if it comes to that.  The money can cover the cost of travel or any other expenses having to do with being a congressman, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Foley’s campaign committee currently has $1,865,386 of “cash on hand,” according to the latest FEC report.

Foley can use the money to cover the costs of “winding down his office, make unlimited transfers to national, state and local party committees and contribute to other candidates,” said Michelle Ryan, a spokeswoman for the FEC.

 Another former congressman, Randall “Duke” Cunningham, who is now in prison for taking bribes, used his campaign funds for legal fees incurred during the federal investigation against him.

The FEC takes requests to use campaign funds for legal fees on a case-by-case basis.  There is no information that Foley’s campaign committee has made such a request. 

 The “Friends of Mark Foley” Committee did not return calls for comment. 

   The loophole through which congressmen could transfer campaign finance funds to their own bank accounts was closed in 1993, before which such transfers were widespread, according to Gary Ruskin, Director of the Congressional Accountability Project, a nonprofit group which monitors congressional spending and ethics.



October 24, 2006 - Posted by | Current News, Scandals

1 Comment »

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    Comment by COSMIC TECHNOLOGIES | October 25, 2006

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