WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) - Former Congressman Mike McIntyre retains more than twice the amount of money in his federal campaign committee than Rep. David Rouzer, the man who replaced him on Capitol Hill.
McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton who decided not to run for re-election in 2014 after serving nine terms in the US House of Representatives, has not announced plans to run for any future political office. Federal candidates have few limitations when it comes to spending unused campaign contributions. They can donate to charity, to other political candidates, or even convert their campaign to a Political Action Committee. They are not allowed to use the funds for personal use.
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committee filed its first quarter 2015 report this week with the Federal Elections Commission. The committee reports having $315,207.42 cash on hand as of March 31. The report says the committee did not receive any contributions in the first quarter, but did report more than $14,000 worth of expenses and $26,000 in contributions. Listed in the contributions are a $10,000 donation to the Friends of Recreation & Parks Foundation, Inc. group, a non-profit agency in Lumberton which says its mission is “to provide funding and facilities for parks and recreation for the City of Lumberton and county of Robeson, North Carolina”, a $5,000 donation to the LHS Academic Booster Club. The committee also donated $10,000 to the UNC Law Foundation and $1,000 to the Morehead-Cain Foundation, both in Chapel Hill. Donations to charities are an acceptable use of campaign funds under the Federal Election Campaign Act. Under election law, campaign funds may also be used for membership dues in an organization that may have political interests.
To see McIntyre's first quarter FEC report click here: http://1.usa.gov/1CLV1nl
Rep. Rouzer, a Republican from Johnston County who defeated two candidates in the 2014 General Election to succeed McIntyre as the Representative from District 7, reported having $142,086.52 cash on hand at the end of the first quarter. Of the $138,669.91 worth of contributions received by the David Rouzer for Congress committee between January 1 and March 31, $88,500 came from Political Action Committees. The largest contributions of $5,000 each came from the American Crystal Sugar Company PAC, and The Freedom Project, a PAC that works to help Republican candidates running for federal office.
To see Rep. Rouzer's first quarter FEC report click here: http://1.usa.gov/1HuJSwX