Paul "Ryan may have improperly used funds raised for his re-election effort in Wisconsin"

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Via Observer.com:

A Politicker examination of federal campaign finance disclosure reports submitted by Paul Ryan’s congressional campaign has uncovered indications Mr. Ryan may have improperly used funds raised for his re-election effort in Wisconsin for presidential campaign activities at the Republican National Convention in August. Mr. Ryan is simultaneously running for re-election in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District and on the GOP presidential ticker with Mitt Romney. At the RNC in Tampa, Mr. Ryan’s House campaign spent over $75,000. However, these convention expenses seem to go far beyond the scope of the activities and staff he had at the RNC for his bid to reclaim his House seat.

One prominent election law expert told us this is a “highly problematic” potential violation of Federal Election Commission regulations regarding candidates running for multiple federal offices.

What? Paul Ryan, part of the upfront, honest, frank, transparent team of Romney-Ryan, did something dishonest? Go on!

Team Ryan gave "a shifting series of explanations including at least one statement that was clearly untrue" to the Observer.

Jerry Goldfeder is an attorney with the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP who specializes in election and campaign finance law:

“It sounds as if he used congressional campaign funds for national campaign purposes and that’s highly problematic." [...]

[T.J. Helmstetter, a spokesman for the Zerban campaign] also pointed out that Mr. Ryan has faced allegations that his television ads in the race, which do not all specifically mention his congressional campaign, constitute improper use of campaign funds. He said both the issue of the commercials and the RNC spending raise “very important” questions.

Stay tuned.

All the details are here.

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  • Frank McEvoy

    And this surprises whom?  I wonder what the first thing Paul Ryan will say to Ayn Rand when he meets her in heaven?
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1181455920 Justine Moore Chance

    Uh-oh.. Ryan needs to confess.  He will go to confession very soon, I am sure.
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1181455920 Justine Moore Chance

    Uh.oh.  He needs to confess this.  I know he will go to confession very soon.

  • http://twitter.com/jdvanlaningham James VanLaningham

    Unfortunately, even if the moribund FEC moves on this, it'll be months or years after the election. Old, old story.

  • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

    But he's such a good man. By good I mean, #$@#@ %&!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.steven.1610 Steve Steven

    Republicans lying and stealing money? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

  • Wary

    Oh this sounds juicy keep us posted