Watchdog: Audit Andrews' Spending

NJ Rep. under scrutiny again for use of campaign funds for travel

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012  |  Updated 1:42 PM EDT
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Watchdog: Audit Andrews' Spending

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A watchdog group calls for an audit of Rep. Rob Andrews' campaign spending.

A Washington political watchdog is calling for an audit of campaign spending by U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews after a report that the South Jersey Democrat used $11,000 for a trip to California.

The head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics says she wants to know whether Andrews had legitimate political business in Los Angeles. She told The Courier-Post the Federal Elections Commission should examine the trip.

The visit coincided with the congressman's 16-year-old daughter's music recording session in Los Angeles.

The FEC filing included airfare, hotel and car service fees for that trip.

Andrews told the paper he did nothing wrong.

"All of our expenditures are completely legal and proper,” Andrews said in an email to The Courier-Post on Monday, adding all of the expenses in question "are fully disclosed and are fully in compliance with the law."

After coming under scrutiny last year for spending campaign money to take his family to a wedding in Scotland, Andrews reimbursed more than $13,000 to his campaign. The campaign donated the money to a South Jersey charity for homeless veterans.
 

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