U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman billed campaign more than $2K in airfare for family trip
INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2016) — A Republican congressman running for Senate in Indiana billed his campaign more than $2,000 in airfare for his family’s trip to the Ronald Reagan library in California, an apparent violation of federal election laws.
The expense is part of hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel expenses, meals and vehicle payments U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman has charged to his campaign fund since 2010.
Federal Election Commission guidelines forbid the use of an official campaign fund for personal expenses.
Stutzman was first elected to Congress amid a wave of tea party insurgency in 2010. He has regularly found himself at odds with members of the GOP establishment and says he was sent to Congress to rein in spending.
Stutzman’s campaign manager, Joshua Kelley, released the following statement:
“Marlin Stutzman went on a campaign trip to California where his family accompanied him. All personal time was paid for out of Marlin’s pocket. There is only one candidate charged with wrongdoing by the FEC – that is Congressman Todd Young.
Marlin reported to the FEC that he paid the campaign for the family’s portion of the airline travel.
The Hilton hotel room in California that the AP reported on does not exist. The campaign did not spend one dollar on accommodations for Marlin and his family on that trip.”