You would want to believe that politicians, because of Cable News Networks and social media scouts constantly snooping about, would at least try to be a little more discreet about their undercover dealings and lavish lifestyle requirements. Well guess again. Thanks to a lovely little loophole in a law that they created by the way. Members of Congress are able to use campaign contributions for personal by categorizing them under Leadership PACs or political action committees. It is still illegal to use "regular" campaign funds for personal use, but PACs are open revenue. Well what`s the difference...details, Political Action Committees are not technically campaign funds thus are eligible to be used however an elected official sees fit.
For example, Democratic Congressman Robert Andrews of New Jersey used $16,000 from his leadership PAC "the committee to strengthen America" to fly his family to Scotland to attend the wedding of a friend that he was considering hiring as a political consultant. Republican Ander Crenshaw of Florida spent $32,000 on a tour of California wineries for a group of campaign contributors from the defense industry. And sadly, former North Carolina Congressman John Edwards used his leadership PAC to pay his mistress Rielle Hunter $114,000 to make a campaign video. And the list goes on and on. With nearly every person in Congress having a leadership PAC and with the amount of cash being donated by special interest groups, big corporations, and lobbyist around the world. This really dims the notion that anyone in Washington D.C. will ever really have the interest of the people in mind again. Good day and Good luck.