Members of Congress use their leadership PACs as a slush fund to live lavish lifestyles funded by corporate PACs and corporate executives, according to a new report the number one and legal center of the campaign.
Ninety-two percent of lawmakers have executive PACs, which are separate from their campaign accounts and aren’t subject to the same restrictions on how donor money can be spent.
The report found that at the 116th Congress, 120 executive PACs spent less than 50% of their money on politics, with the remainder going on things like dining at high-end restaurants and stays in hotel resorts. elite. These PACs have together spent over $ 2 million in hotels and resorts, $ 220,000 at sporting events and concerts, $ 190,000 at ski resorts and $ 150,000 in steakhouses.
The figures suggest that a large number of lawmakers are not using leadership PACs for their stated purpose – raising money for their party and fellow lawmakers seeking re-election – and instead using them to live largely on their pennies. donors.
“Leadership PACs are the worst paid political donation,” Issue One CEO Nick Penniman said in a statement. “Conscientists in Congress and the Federal Election Commission must stop the abuse of leadership PACs and prohibit leadership PACs from being slush funds that allow politicians to pursue lavish lifestyles. “
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La Colline has contacted these lawmakers for comment.
Much of the fundraising for leadership PACs comes from corporate PACs, which are controlled by corporate lobbyists seeking to influence lawmakers. In many cases, these donations directly fund the lavish lifestyles of politicians.
Politicians have defended their leadership on PAC spending, saying their stays at expensive hotels and resorts are being used to facilitate fundraising with big-dollar campaign donors who expect a luxurious venue.
The law prohibits lawmakers from using campaign funds to enrich themselves or finance their personal vacations. However, the FEC did not say that the “personal use” rule applies to leadership PACs.
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