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Crapo targeted in complaint over use of condo for fundraisers

A watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo for failing to report fundraisers held at a condo co-owned by the wife of a top energy lobbyist, The Hill reports; you can see their full report here. The complaint was filed by the Campaign for Accountability. It’s the same condo where EPA chief Scott Pruitt stayed for $50 a night, also sparking controversy.

The complaint charges that Crapo’s Senate campaign committee and his leadership PACs held monthly fundraising events at the condo, but didn’t report to the FEC making any payments to condo owner Vicki Hart, or receiving in-kind contributions from her for the use of the space.

Crapo’s press secretary, Robert Sumner, today issued this statement: “Senator Crapo, like other members of Congress, has used the townhouse for campaign-related events, but not for the senator’s personal use or for any overnight stays. Last month, the campaign initiated an internal review and then engaged outside counsel to examine the campaign’s use of the townhouse and any resulting FEC reporting requirements. If necessary, the campaign will file amended reports with the FEC to ensure compliance with campaign finance laws.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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