Monday, October 24, 2011

Great News: Anthony Weiner Still Spending Campaign Cash

He's not the only one. These creeps may have been kicked out of Congress, but they're still living large.

Social media enthusiast and former Congressman Anthony Weiner has continued to spend campaign contributions in the three months since he resigned from office in a naked photo scandal in June. Mr. Weiner has spent $130,000 on travel expenses, consulting, research and legal fees.

Congressional newspaper The Hill checked up on Mr. Weiner’s expenses as well as those of two of his fellow scandal plagued ex-New York Congressmen–Chris Lee and Eric Massa. All three men continue to spend campaign contributions.

Mr. Weiner, who is married, resigned from his post representing Queens’ ninth Congressional district June 16 after it was discovered he sent numerous lewd pictures to women on Facebook and Twitter. His post-scandal spending was documented in campaign disclosure reports filed with the federal election commission for the third quarter of this year, which began about two weeks after he resigned and ended September 30. According to the The Hill Mr. Weiner’s campaign spent $10,000 on travel expenses, $25,000 on consulting firms and “policy research” and just under $30,000 on legal fees during the third quarter.

Spending campaign cash after resigning from Congress isn’t illegal as long as the costs are connected to official activity.

What official activities does he still have?

For their part, Lee and Massa are spending what amounts to tip money when compared to Weiner.

Via The Hill link:
The FEC filings indicate that Weiner received a handful of contributions as his scandal peaked in mid-June. Two of those came from actor Mike Myers of “Austin Powers” fame, who gave him the maximum donation of $5,000 — $2,500 for his primary campaign and $2,500 for the general election.

The donations are dated June 14, just two days before Weiner announced in a televised news conference that he would resign. Myers’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, told The Hill that the checks were cut weeks earlier — “way before any of [the scandal] had been reported.”

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