Money corrupts in politics, but how?

It would help all of us average guys for someone to explain what politicians are allowed to do with campaign contributions ("Disclose, disclose, disclose," Aug. 13). One assumes they pay office expenses, salaries, rent, supplies, etc., but are they allowed to buy personal items, clothes worn on the job, cars that they use for the job, rent for a house in Annapolis, etc.? Also, what regulatory body ensures they do not abuse any rules? And the accounting of such? Is that information made public?

When a candidate leaves office and there is a surplus sitting in a bank account somewhere, is the money refunded pro rata per contributor? Or what?

Also what are the limits these days for contributions by individuals? Companies?

Sherman Bristow

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