About Paying Rent Out of Campaign Funds

8 Oct

Remember the flap about Jon Powers’ campaign paying rent for using a home office in Powers’ home when the campaign began?

How is that different from Jack Davis’ campaign paying rent to I Squared R, Davis’ company?

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11 Responses to “About Paying Rent Out of Campaign Funds”

  1. buffalomom October 8, 2008 at 10:42 am #

    ummm, his first campaign manager advised him to do this.

  2. WNYPMH October 8, 2008 at 11:20 am #

    It’s different because guys like Hudson and his gang of tools don’t outright hate Jack Davis. for whatever reason, they did hate everything about Powers so we got to read their insulting, mean-spirited crap.

  3. Chris Smith October 8, 2008 at 11:23 am #

    Well, that seals it. I am SO not voting for Powers in the general election!

  4. Chris Smith October 8, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Also, Humiston pays Tanning Bed for his campaign offices. Win!

  5. Martin Van Buren October 8, 2008 at 11:27 am #

    Its different because it is explicitly illegal for a candidate to charge his campaign rent on his domicile. It is very legal for a candidate to rent space from a corporation.

  6. clarence guy October 8, 2008 at 11:28 am #

    Davis had been doing this since the beginning. Including rent for an office in Orchard Park apparently?

  7. Mike In WNY October 8, 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    The difference, as Martin Van Buren pointed out, is it is not illegal.

  8. clarence guy October 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    mike – powers wasn’t charged with any crime. he complied with an FEC request regarding it’s regulation.

    Why does a multi-millionaire need to pay his own company $ 4,000 a month for rent? Is it for a tax break loophole? Maybe that part of it is illegal.

  9. Wayne's World Party Time October 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm #

    Clarence Guy

    The office space has value, and since it is owned by I squared, it would be an illegal corporate contribution if he did not pay for it.

  10. Jon Splett October 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    I guess that’s just further proof Alice was the best of some bad choices.

  11. WNYDEM October 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm #

    Federal law bans corporate contributions. Period.

    Even though Davis for Congress is housed at I Squared R, it HAD to make rent payments. This is all covered in the FEC’s guide for candidates, the same publication that specifically bans the payment of personal rent with campaign funds. You know, the laws Powers broke.

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