New campaign leisure spending ruling leaves ‘gray area’ | New York Post

Yes, the partisan and gridlocked NYS Board of Elections ruled that spending campaign cash on junkets is permissible as long as the campaign funds only pay a portion (50%, 75%,  99%?) of the related expenses and pols document receipts. It was a pipe dream, if goo-goos thought the BOE would establish a ban.

The NY Post reported:

“Political candidates can use campaign funds to pay for trips that mix business and pleasure, the state Board of Elections has ruled.

In contentious voting Tuesday, board members voted to allow funds to be used on such mixed junkets, providing that expenses are broken down and campaign funds pay only for a portion of the trip.

Although it wasn’t immediately clear how the costs would be divided, critics predicted the worst.

“They’re going to use that [ruling] for airfare and lodging,” one detractor at the meeting griped.

Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters said the board’s actions “leave a very gray area for personal use of campaign funds.”

“We ought to ban it,” she said. “Ban it! If you’re going on a junket, use your own money.”

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About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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