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Congressman uses campaign funds to maintain home

September 17, 2013

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is reporting that Congressman Steve Southerland (R-Panama City) used campaign funds to improve and maintain a Panama City home he inherited in 2005. Those house was used for Southerland’s headquarters during two campaigns before he sold it for $550,000 this past June.

Though the payments weren’t illegal, they may seem questionable to a layman, according to FCIR.

Between 2010 and June 2013, when the property was sold, Southerland’s congressional campaign paid him $42,000 in rent and owes him another $36,000. The campaign also covered at least $6,273 in maintenance and upkeep on the West Baldwin Road home, including fees for lawn services, trash removal, repair of the home’s air conditioning and water filter service and repairs. It also paid utilities for the home.

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  • Me. Reality September 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Typical. This is hiw public officials take bribes in the form of campaign contributions.

  • L.Laird September 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Another TEA PARTY POSTER CHILD, their/his campaign attack Ex-Congressman Boyd because he supported President Obama Health Care. But, it is OK, to use campaign or Republican Party money to pay for services. One can assume, Mr.Southerland was just following the lead of Sen. Rubio. He used thousands of dollars on the party credit card to pay for food and maid service…