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The Office of Campaign Finance has ruled that District politicians are free to use their constituent service funds to donate to political organizations as long as the donations aren’t for political purposes. The ruling several months after the D.C. GOP charged that almost every councilmember was a rotten rule breaker for having donated constituent service funds to Democratic organizations like the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and various ward-specific Democratic groups.
OCF says that while it’s true that pols donated to groups affiliated with the Democratic Party, those donations were for charitable purposes consistent with the goal of constituent service funds, which is “to support the general welfare of the residents of the District of Columbia.”
Naturally, the DC GOP isn’t pleased with the ruling. “OCF has a long history defending incumbent elected officials and disregarding the laws they are tasked with enforcing,” says a statement from the organization.