Elected officials use campaign funds for private gain

Campaign expenditures of $200 or more are supposed to be itemized. But many politicians just list lump-sum payments to a credit card or themselves with no detail of the spending…

…For several years, Rep. Hank Zuber, R-Ocean Springs, has been a lone voice calling for campaign finance reform. He’s filed bills to prohibit personal use of campaign money and to prohibit politicians “cashing in” their campaign accounts when they leave public office….

Hood and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann are pushing for reform this legislative session. Both are pushing measures to require itemization of campaign credit card expenditures.

Hood further wants a prohibition on personal spending from campaign accounts.

Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said they would not oppose such reform.