Some Indiana candidates not specific on campaign spending

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By: Associated Press

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Some Indiana politicians get around specifying about how they spend their campaign funds by listing only payments to credit card companies.

A review by The Journal Gazette of Indiana campaign finance reports found at least three candidates who listed credit card expenses rather than itemized spending.

State Election Division co-director Brad King says his office generally tells candidates to indicate what the expenditure was for, not just the credit card company. He says a notation on the back of the campaign finance forms that says under normal circumstances candidates should not list a credit card issuer as a recipient.

Andrew Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW says the state’s expenditure rules match the relatively lax oversight of contribution rules.