Some Indiana candidates not specific on campaign spending

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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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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