Ethics Panel: Don’t Use Donations to Pay for Dry Cleaning
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A House panel says legislators can’t use campaign donations to pay for dry cleaning, gasoline or living expenses, but it’s OK to buy a suit with donations if it’s only worn at the Statehouse or political events.
A House Ethics subcommittee advanced a list Tuesday of what House members can and can’t legally buy with donations. The recommendations require approval by the full Ethics Committee.
The list would serve as advice for representatives’ future spending. It would not be retroactive.
The panel’s chairman, Rep. Murrell Smith, says the list of 26 dos and don’ts answered legislators’ questions.
Not allowing representatives to use donations to pay dues to private clubs would be a reversal of previous practice. But it’s in line with a State Ethics Commission opinion issues last year.