Board to reconsider campaign funds being used for child care


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Ethics Board is set to reconsider its decision that candidates for public office cannot use campaign funds for campaign-related child care.

The Advocate reports the board is set to hear the appeal of the November ruling on Friday. An attorney running for a Baton Rouge-area House seat next year, Morgan Lamandre, was told then that she could be penalized for using campaign funds for related child care.

She appealed that ruling, which reversed a 2000 board decision that allowed a man to use campaign funds for campaign-related child care. Gov. John Bel Edwards also asked the board to reconsider, saying childcare is a "reasonable expense" associated with running for office.

The Federal Election Commission ruled last year that congressional candidates can use campaign funds for child care.

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