Watchdog groups: Tom Price illegally used campaign funds to bolster Cabinet bid

WASHINGTON — A pair of campaign finance watchdogs alleged Friday that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price illegally used money he raised for his congressional campaign to bolster his Cabinet bid.

A complaint the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed with the Federal Election Commission argues that Price donated $40,000 in campaign funds to America Rising. The opposition research group then “promoted research and videos promoting Price’s confirmation,” the groups allege.

“Price’s use of his campaign funds appears to have violated the law prohibiting the personal use of campaign funds, and the FEC should take appropriate action,” Democracy 21 Counsel Donald Simon said.

In a letter to the FEC, the watchdogs said Price’s campaign committee donated the money to America Rising on January 26, two days after the then-nominee’s second Senate confirmation hearing, a grilling that had its share of contentious moments.

“On or around the date that Price for Congress reported its $40,000 payment to America Rising Corp., America Rising Squared began promoting research and videos supporting Price’s confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services,” the complaint alleges.

Price was sworn in as health chief in February after representing Georgia’s 6th District in the U.S. House for 12 years.

Spokesmen for Price and America Rising did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Several members of Congress have resigned in recent years following scandals related to their use of campaign and official House and Senate funds, including Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr, D-Ill., and Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho.

This is not the first time Price’s finances have been in the spotlight. Senate Democrats during his confirmation hearings focused heavily on stock trades he made as a member of Congress.

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Bert Driggers
Bert Driggers

I know that this man fought hard against PBM's. I will always support him

Mary Anne Carpenter
Mary Anne Carpenter

Georgia Politics Now IS A HACK OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONSTANTLY SPEWING LIES AND HATE about ANYTHING OR ANYONE REPUBLICAN ##FAKENEWS

Elaine Daprano
Elaine Daprano

If you're from Georgia, you should KNOW Tom Price is a crook.

Elaine Daprano
Elaine Daprano

Pay to Play!!! Granted it's a problem across the board and nothing new, but Trump's administration doesn't even bother to hide it.

George Mortensen
George Mortensen

The AJC doing everything they can to damage anything conservative. And they wonder why they are circling the drain?

Kendall Gray
Kendall Gray

The best politicians money can buy will spend a little to make a bunch.

SmartAlek69
SmartAlek69

Is anyone else seeing a pattern, here--with Price?  

David Lee Sr
David Lee Sr

AjC , Atlanta Urinal and Constipation ! Not even a good fish wrapper !!

Lowell Ford
Lowell Ford

...you don't say...gee. Price is an evil twit.

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

Following the law is not much of a priority for anyone in this administration.

Kim Riggins
Kim Riggins

Like conservative voters care if he's corrupt. They believe these guys are going to make them rich and that is all they care about. They're just too stupid to figure out that it's never going to happen.

Sheila Appling
Sheila Appling

Yeah anything you can do to tear down folks you don't like.

Kathy
Kathy

And, nothing will happen to him again.

Marvin Griffin
Marvin Griffin

just stirring the lil libs up as much as i can. doing my part

Pat Harris
Pat Harris

Marvin, you are doing a great job and I love it\U0001f602\U0001f606

Pat Harris
Pat Harris

Marvin, you are doing a great job and I love it\U0001f606\U0001f602

Joan Steinhubl Laibson
Joan Steinhubl Laibson

Who cares ? Most likely fake news? When I see Hillary, Obama,Susan Rice, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch for starters being investigated and prosecuted.... I will start to be concerned about investigating all the others that the democrats are accusing of doing something illegal.

David Harris
David Harris

You're right, you should hold up some liquor stores . SCREWem you just show them .

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

Um. Remember the millions spent on Benghazi and emails. Is there nothing there or are the republicans in charge of the investigations just that inept?

Joan Steinhubl Laibson
Joan Steinhubl Laibson

Annie Cook Hillary, obama et al lied and are guilty as hell. They , so far, have gotten away with murder. With the DOJ under Obama's thumb nothing would happen to those responsible.

Barry Wilson
Barry Wilson

The GOP controls all branches of government right now. If there was such a problem with all those Democrats, why doesn't Sessions do something about it right now? Because it's all political bs and you are the sucker.

Eddie Tyre
Eddie Tyre

They are and will be investigated.When Lynch pleads the 5th as the former AG?

Eddie Tyre
Eddie Tyre

Barry ,suckers? 5 us 0 you We winning ,that makes you a loser.

Elaine Daprano
Elaine Daprano

Republicans have control of every branch of government other than Judicial. If something goes wrong, it's on them, with an inexperienced administration at the helm. And Trump tweets about "China should try to assassinate" Kim...Where the H has he BEEN all this time? Asleep? Gorging tacos? There is nothing, NOTHING! that hasn't been TRIED with North Korea. See this month's Atlantic magazine. The very LAST THING he should do is send ground troops to South Korea...they would be annihilated!

Howard Hall
Howard Hall

Another GOP crook. trump really knows how to pick 'me.

Marvin Griffin
Marvin Griffin

you mean like the clinton foundation or maxine waters making $175,000 a year and living in 4.5 million house and paying her daughter $750,000 a year for mailing flyers, or john lewis and charlie ran gal not paying taxes out.. are those the GOP members you talking about

Dan Zaenglein
Dan Zaenglein

Let's all turn the AJC into an "on-line " only newspaper!

Jimmy Millard
Jimmy Millard

What would we wrap fish with or line bird cages?

Jim Cortina
Jim Cortina

Like either of y'all read the paper version. Like either of y'all read at all.

Eddie Tyre
Eddie Tyre

Jim, I gratuated from the eighth grade,shore did. Not very high tho. However,kinda been figuring that yore psuedo intellectualism is due to the negative parallelism of your cognitive process causing you to miss the zenith in your menial life ,leading me to assess that anything you relate is irremediable and irrelevant,unless you can tell me what's happening at this point in time,but alas you can't.