Permissible Uses of Campaign Funds

Today’s Post, in “Senators Diverting Campaign Funds to Kin,” notes that

[u]nder long-standing congressional ethics rules, corporations, unions and other large organizations cannot directly pay senators stipends. But their contributions to senators’ election campaigns can be paid without limit to the children, spouses, in-laws and other relatives of the lawmakers, in a practice that has aroused controversy but is fully legal.

In an advisory opinion from 2001, the FEC noted that such payments had to be for bona fide, campaign related services, citing 11 CFR 113.1. 

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