Gassing up twice a week in New Jersey? Hiring Turdo the magician? Buying smoked meats for Christmas presents?
A review by The Associated Press shows that’s all part of the questionable use of campaign donations that can buoy lawmakers’ lifestyles and buy support back home.
Now the New York Public Interest Research Group reports more than 100,000 actual violations of state campaign finance laws since 2011, including campaign committee failures to file accurate reports and no recent reports at all from 2,328 committees.
Joined by other good government advocacy groups that blame lack of enforcement, NYPIRG also reports many misidentified campaign expenditures.
Other items marginally related to campaigns, and currently regarded as legal, range from paying for gifts and entertainment to hiring lawyers when charged with corruption.