- The government ethics watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint on Friday accusing White House chief of staff Mark Meadows of campaign finance crimes for allegedly spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses, including clubs, gourmet cupcakes, a jeweler in Washington and lodging at the president’s hotel.
- The complaint, which draws from Salon’s exclusive reporting last week, urges the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer any and all appropriate fines and to take further action, “including, but not limited to, referring this case to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution.”
- “One of the clearest rules in campaign finance is you can’t spend your campaign’s finances on yourself,” Noah Bookbinder, director of CREW, said in a statement announcing the complaint. “That is what it looks like happened here, and it must be thoroughly investigated.”
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