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Two Democratic Senators Take Aim at ‘Zombie’ Campaigns

Chris Stein

When Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) left Congress in 2017—with the eight-term lawmaker destined for a D.C. lobbying gig—he had something at his disposal that most people don’t: a campaign bank account.

Crenshaw went on to use that account for pricey dinners, stays at the Walt Disney World Four Seasons, a luxury resort in Colorado Springs, the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, even his membership dues at the Capitol Hill Club.

Using a campaign account for those expenses is, of course, illegal. And Crenshaw got caught. Last month, he entered a conciliation agreement with the Federal Election Commission, in which he agreed to pay more than $13,000 to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses, as well as a $3,950 fine.

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