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FEC Allows Congressmen to Spend Campaign Funds on Security

Written by Joe Scudder

Because of the Bernie Supporter and gunman shooting and injuring Republicans, they want to spend campaign funds to keep them safe.

Why should politicians get to spend campaign funds on their personal security? The point of laws restricting how they spend campaign funds is to avoid bribery and corruption. Politicians at that level are already paid well. I hate the fact that some were assaulted by a leftist terrorist. But lawmakers don’t live in greater danger than the average American who is not a member of Congress.

Basically, people are now able to give gifts to a Congressman that benefit him more personally than before.

The New York Times reports, “Lawmakers Can Use Campaign Funds for Home Security, F.E.C. Says.

Congressional leaders, shaken by last month’s shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice and a spike in threats to their members, want to be able to use campaign funds to tighten lawmakers’ home security.

The Federal Election Commission, after some debate, said on Thursday that given the threats, it would approve that use, so long as the improvements were “nonstructural.”

The commission unanimously authorized the use of campaign funds to pay for only the installation or upgrade, and the monitoring costs, of cameras, sensors, distress devices and similar security devices in and around lawmakers’ residences. Lawmakers will be required to report those expenses to the commission, but it did not set a cap on how much a lawmaker could spend on the security systems.

The commission had previously approved the use of campaign funds for security systems in a few cases, and then only where they said specific, credible threats warranted the expense. But after a gunman opened fire on the baseball team last month as it practiced in nearby Alexandria, Va., the House sergeant-at-arms wrote to the commission requesting it extend the ruling broadly.

Read the entire New York Times piece.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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