GOP Rep Spent Campaign Funds On Luxury Ski Trips, Posh Hotels
Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Michigan) spent $22,839 from his leadership political action committee on ski and snowmobile activities, lodging at the Four Seasons, and catering in and around Vail, Colorado over three years, according to Roll Call.
Members of Congress are prohibited from using campaign funds for personal use. Moolenaar would be in violation of House rules if he is not able to verify that his campaign funds were being used for a legitimate campaign purpose.
The Federal Election Commission defines a leadership PAC as “a political committee that is directly or indirectly established, financed, maintained, or controlled by a candidate or an individual holding a federal office. The committee is not an authorized committee of the candidate or office holder, and is not affiliated with an authorized committee of a candidate or office holder. Members of Congress and other political leaders often establish these nonconnected committees to support candidates for federal and nonfederal offices.”
Between 2017 and 2018, Moolenaar’s leadership PAC spent $592 on Nova Guides Red Cliff CO., a company that offers snowmobile tours and other winter recreation activities, according to the FEC filings.
In 2018, his leadership PAC spent $270 at Vail Ski School and spent $390 in 2019 at Vail Backcountry Tours, a company that provides snowmobile tours.
In 2018 and 2019, the GOP congressman spent a total of $21,587 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vail. The spending was described as event food, beverages, accommodations, and catering.