A political watchdog organization accused the dormant congressional campaign of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday (Oct. 30) of skirting contribution laws when it sold a motor home to a friend of Zinke at a steep discount.
According to an Associated Press report, the Campaign Legal Center complaint to the Federal Election Commission also accused Zinke’s campaign of failing to report the identity of contributors and of using campaign funds for Zinke’s personal use after he was confirmed into President Donald Trump’s cabinet.
In August, the campaign bought the 2004 motorhome from Zinke’s wife for $59,000 in 2016 and sold it earlier this year to a Zinke friend in the Montana Legislature for $25,000.
The complaint says the campaign either overpaid Zinke’s wife or gave a sweetheart deal to the buyer, state Sen. Edward Buttrey.
Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift, who was also Zinke’s spokeswoman during the 2016 campaign, said the department cannot weigh in on political matters and declined further comment.
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