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December 20, 2014

Former Rep. Edolphus Towns Driven To Personal Use of Campaign Funds

A former U.S. Representative has agreed to pay a civil penalty for personal use of campaign funds.

Former Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., has reached a conciliation agreement with the Federal Election Commission for converting campaign funds to personal use. Towns agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty for using campaign funds to pay for a car lease on a vehicle used exclusively or primarily by his wife, Gwen Towns, for noncampaign-related personal activities. The Infiniti car was leased for at least 12 months at a cost of $600 per month.

The case originated with a compliant made by the Campaign Legal Center. View the FEC notification letter, along with the original complaint and Towns’ conciliation agreement.

Towns served in Congress from 1983 until January 2013. He did not seek re-election in 2012. He was chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from 2009 to 2011. During his career he raised $11.5 million, over half of it from PACs. View his campaign finance profile.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

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