State representatives now have a list of what they can and can’t spend campaign money on. The list was approved Thursday by the House Ethics Committee.
According to the State newspaper, the issue of what campaign money could be spent on become important to lawmakers after the prosecution of several legislators including former House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston.
The new rules forbid representatives to use campaign cash to pay private club dues. But lawmakers can use it for membership in political groups and to become new members of civic groups.
An approved opinion states that it’s allowable for legislators who indirectly benefit from Medicaid, if they’re pharmacists, for example to vote on Medicaid issues.
Also approved was an advisory opinion allowing representatives who are lawyers to work for firms that do lobbying.