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U.S. Rep. David Schweikert fined $125,000 for misuse of campaign funds

Arizona congressman David Schweikert has agreed to pay $125,000 to the Federal Election Commission for misuse of campaign funds.

Schweikert faced allegations that his campaign misused donations and did not properly report other transactions. The disclosures were filed by the FEC on Friday.

The agreement comes 18 months after the House Ethics Committee fined Schweikert $50,000 for misuse of congressional office funds.

The FEC referenced an earlier report from the Congressional Ethics Committee. It said that the Schweikert Campaign Committee made disbursements from its funds to pay for expenses such as childcare and repaying staff for their payment of Schweikert’s personal expenses

including meals, dry cleaning, and flight upgrades for personal travel.

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