Report: Rush campaign fund spending questioned

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A report out this week questions how U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago) is spending campaign money.

The Chicago Sun-Times and Better Government Association looked into Rush’s campaign records.

They found that Rush’s campaign committee hasn’t paid rent on a campaign office, which could be a violation of election law or ethics rules.

The campaign has also donated almost $200,000 since 2004 to a South Side church that Rush founded.

Rush’s wife has been paid $400,000 as a campaign consultant since 2007.

In 2000, the congressman’s non-profit organization received a $1 million grant to build a South Side tech center, but the center still hasn’t been built.

“We’re talking roughly $3 million,” said BGA CEO Andy Shaw on WGN-TV.  “With no paper trial for where the money went, I think it calls for an awful lot of investigation of what’s going on here.”

Federal election law does allow elected officials to pay family members a ‘fair-market’ rate to work on their campaigns.

Rush’s spokesperson suggested a loophole in the law allows use of the office for free, or a discount.

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