Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Mike Gallagher (8th District Wisconsin)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reps. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) and Tom Tiffany (WI-07) today introduced the Oversight for Members And Relatives (OMAR) Act, a bill that would put an end to the practice of candidates for office tapping their campaign accounts to enrich their spouses.
“Loopholes that allow members of Congress to funnel campaign funds to their spouses are despicable and erode trust in our government,” said Rep. Gallagher. “There’s simply no logical reason for allowing this practice to continue, and I’m proud to join Rep. Tiffany in this common-sense effort to ensure members can’t profit off running for Congress.”
“For too long, lawmakers of both political parties have engaged in the ethically dubious practice of pocketing campaign funds by ‘hiring’ their spouses and laundering the money as campaign related expenses,” said Rep. Tiffany. “It is outrageous and inappropriate for Members of Congress to convert campaign donations to personal funds in this way. It feeds public perceptions of corruption, undermines public trust in Congress, and must come to an end. Regardless of political party, we should all be able to agree that running for political office shouldn’t be part of a family enrichment scheme. Passing the OMAR Act will help restore public confidence in Congress and stop politicians from effectively pocketing their campaign funds.”