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Watchdog Group: Price Used Campaign Funds to Promote Confirmation

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By    |   Saturday, 08 Jul 2017 12:54 PM

Campaign Legal Center, a campaign-finance watchdog group, has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that  Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price used money from his congressional campaign fund to promote his cabinet confirmation.

According to the complaint, the former Georgia representative's campaign team paid $40,000 on Jan. 26 to GOP consulting firm America Rising, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Around that time, America Rising released videos promoting Price and other cabinet nominees' Senate confirmations, the complaint alleges.

The watchdog group claims that Price was the only one of President Donald Trump's campaign nominees using campaign funds to America Rising, which released materials targeted to senators directly. According to campaign finance laws, members of Congress are prohibited from using campaign funds for their own personal gain.

Neither Price, nor America Rising, responded to the The Wall Street Journal's request for comment on the claims.

His filings with the FEC show that he charged his campaign account several times, through the end of March, to fund consulting fees, airfare, and events, in addition to the payment to America Rising. Trump nominated Price on Nov. 29, shortly after Trump won his election, and the HHS secretary was confirmed on Feb. 10.

Attorney Ken Gross, who specializes in federal ethics and campaign laws, said Price could use the campaign money for defense against allegations against him as a congressman.

During his confirmation hearings, Price was grilled for trading health stocks while he chaired the House Budget Committee. He also, during a two-year period when he was trading the stocks, sponsored nine health-related bills and co-sponsored 35 more.

However, Gross said if Price paid America Rising for services urging the Senate to vote to confirm him, then he likely broke the law.

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Campaign Legal Center, a campaign-finance watchdog group, has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price used money from his congressional campaign fund to promote his cabinet confirmation.
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