CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — Campaign finance reports show that state Sen. Richard Colburn has reimbursed himself with campaign funds for more than $40,000 in meals, gas, lodging, flowers and baseball tickets.
The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the reimbursements occurred between January 2007 and January 2013.READ MORE: One Family Business Expects A Surge In Customers After Christmas Tree Shortage
The newspaper reports that Colburn reimburses himself much more frequently than other Eastern Shore lawmakers.READ MORE: Mass Shooting Leaves Seven People Injured In East Baltimore
Colburn says he believes all the expenditures he has reported are valid and would not have occurred if he weren’t running for office. The Dorchester County lawmaker says he reimburses himself because he can’t afford to pay for meals and other items out of pocket.
Good-government advocates say the reimbursements fall into a legal gray area. The executive director of Common Cause Maryland says Colburn is not being cautious.MORE NEWS: Orlov Scores Late, Caps Beat Hurricanes For 9th Win In 11
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