Rep. Tom Rice’s campaign has reimbursed him for nearly $27,000 in campaign expenses since late 2005. His disclosures give virtually no clue how that money was spent. Most of the payments were described as reimbursements with no further description, and none identified the end recipients of the money. State campaign finance rules require disclosure of end recipients, the amounts paid and a description of the goods or services provided “with sufficient detail to identify it as a lawfully authorized use of campaign funds.”
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Feb. 19, 2013 — A previously unnoticed loophole could allow Georgia politicians to reimburse themselves thousands of dollars from campaign funds without explaining how they spent the money. A key legislator shepherding House Speaker David Ralston’s ethics bills says the problem will be fixed. Details of the proposed solution, however, were not immediately clear. Without a fix, candidates could use political contributions any way they wanted by simply buying something with personal funds and getting their campaign accounts to pay them back.