Amanda Makkiis running for US House in Floridaof the 13th arrondissement.
- She used campaign money to pay for her personal expenses, which federal rules prohibit.
Republican congressional candidate Amanda Makki reimbursed her campaign committee following an Insider report indicating that she had used political money to pay her personal electricity and internet bills – which is prohibited by federal law.
Makki’s new campaign treasurer — the campaign”deleted“The previous treasurer last month — officially confirmed the reimbursement in a letter thursday to
Makki had used $611 in campaign money for his home electric bill and several hundred dollars in campaign money to pay for internet service. Marks said Makki did so out of a “good faith and reasonable understanding that it was permissible because the committee used his home office seven days a week as the committee’s exclusive campaign headquarters.”
FEC rules to forbid applicants to use donor funds for personal purposes, whether for rent, home Internet access, cable service, personal travel or to pay an energy bill. The commission granted narrow exemptions for cases in which candidates use donor funds to pay for home security or on their phones and computers.
The FEC has not fined or otherwise penalized Makki’s campaign to date. But he could investigate the matter if someone filed a complaint and had already inquired about Makki’s expenses in a letter to his campaign committee.
Makki is a common Iranian-American in Florida’s 13th District, which is currently being held by the Democrat.
Makki faces multiple opponents in Florida’s Aug. 23 primary, including Anna Paulina Luna, who in April won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. As of March 31, the Makki campaign said it had approximately $514,000 in cash, according to FEC records.