Interview: Examining Lavish Spending From Campaign Accounts

Mar 24, 2016

In the March 17 issue of Illinois Times, Springfield’s alt-weekly newspaper, Bruce Rushton looks at how some state lawmakers are spending money they'd collected to fund their political campaigns.

Searching through public documents, he found thousands of dollars spent at the Ritz-Carlton in the Cayman Islands, maintenance on luxury automobiles, and a purchase at a men’s clothing store — that last one was classified as “work attire.”

A lot of this spending would seem to be prohibited by law, but state election officials say the reality is not quite so black and white.