US closes case of ex-New Jersey congressman

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm •  Published: June 3, 2014

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has found that it appears a former member of Congress used campaign money for personal purposes but still dismissed a watchdog group's complaint against him.

Former Rep. Rob Andrews, a Democrat from New Jersey, said the FEC's conclusion was correct. "I am very grateful for this final resolution," he said in a statement.

Andrews, who resigned in February to take a job at a Philadelphia law firm, declined to answer questions about the findings, which were released Tuesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The group, which filed a complaint against Andrews, said a letter from the FEC on the ruling was dated May 28.

Though the investigation is closed, campaign finance regulators said that Andrews appeared not to follow the law in one case.

He used $30,000 in donors' funds to take his family to a wedding in Scotland. Andrews said it was a legitimate political expense because it would keep him in the good graces of an important campaign volunteer.

The FEC said the campaign volunteer, Scott Street, described his relationship with Andrews as mostly personal and that neither Andrews nor his campaign staff could name any specific campaign-related projects Street worked on.

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