Crapo campaign used D.C. condo 81 times at no cost

By: Cynthia Sewell, Idaho Statesman, May 4, 2018

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has admitted to federal election officials that he used a lobbyist-owned Washington, D.C., townhouse 81 times over a four-year period at no cost, including as recently as February.

The new details from Crapo’s re-election and leadership committees came in a response to a Federal Election Commission inquiry.

On April 20, the campaign reimbursed Hart $6,700 for 67 campaign-related events held in the space during the 2016 election cycle and $1,100 for the 11 campaign-related events held in the current election cycle. The same day, the Freedom Fund reimbursed Hart $300 for the three fundraising events it held in the space.

That step came after a watchdog group, Campaign for Accountability, filed a complaint with the FEC against Crapo and Vicki Hart.

The group says it plans to file an amended complaint with the FEC Monday.

“Given how extensively Crapo’s campaign used the condo, there are a lot of questions about whether his campaign broke any laws,” said Daniel Stevens, Campaign for Accountability executive director.

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