FEC dismisses complaint against Andrews

The Federal Election Commission ruled today that candidates may not use campaign funds to purchase clothing, but dismissed a complaint against U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) alleging that he used $952.04 to buy clothes.

The complaint was filed last year by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a watchdog group that promotes ethics and accountability. The group filed a similar complaint against GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin that was also dismissed.

At the time the complaint was filed, a spokesman said Andrews hadn't actually used campaign funds.

"Because he had to dress for his speech immediately, he had to purchase an entirely new set of clothes," Francis Tagmire said in a statement. "The campaign credit card used to pay for the clothing was reimbursed in total by the airline, which wrote a check for $952.04 to the congressman on July 20, 2007. The congressman then endorsed the check over to the campaign account on July 20, 2007. Thus, the campaign incurred no expense for the clothing."

FEC dismisses complaint against Andrews