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Capitol attack, threats not deterring congressional hopefuls


Last week, lawyers for the House and Senate Republican campaign arms wrote to the Federal Election Commission asking that candidates be allowed to spend campaign funds on personal security for themselves and their families. 

“The current threat environment that Members and their families face must again be met with increased security measures,” wrote lawyers for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the NRSC.

The FEC has made similar rulings in the past. In 2017, a lone gunman targeted GOP lawmakers at their morning practice for the annual charity baseball game, injuring five, including GOP whip Steve Scalise. After the shooting, the FEC ruled that members of Congress could spend campaign funds on home security systems.

In their filing last week, the committees’ lawyers noted that since the 2017 baseball practice shooting, the “threat environment … has actually worsened.”  The FEC has not yet responded to their request.

Despite the ongoing threats, just four members of Congress used campaign funds to pay for home security systems during the 2020 election cycle, according to a review of campaign finance reports filed with the FEC. 



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