Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Marsha’s Got Some 'Splaining To Do

The FEC has a few questions for Congressman Marsha Blackburn:
- Schedule B of your report discloses a disbursement to the candidate for "Symphony Ball Event Tickets" that appear(s) to constitute personal use of campaign funds by the candidate, as defined at 11 CFR § 113.1(g). Personal use is any use of funds in a campaign account of a present or former candidate to fulfill a commitment, obligation or expense that would exist irrespective of the candidate's campaign or responsibilities as a federal office holder.

The committee must seek reimbursement for the full amount of the personal use violation(s) from the beneficiary and notify the Commission of such a reimbursement. The reimbursement(s) must be reported on Schedule A supporting Line 15 of the Detailed Summary Page of the report covering the period in which the reimbursement is received.

Please amend your report to clarify what action you will take concerning the apparent personal use of campaign funds.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Blackburn or her treasurer, Tea Hoffman, have been in trouble with the FEC.