Report: Stutzman ‘campaign’ trip featured family events

FILE - In this April 18, 2016, file photo, Indiana Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Marlin Stutzman speaks during a debate with opponent Todd Young in Indianapolis. Stutzman billed his campaign more than $2,000 in airfare for his family's trip to the Ronald Reagan library in California, an apparent violation of federal election laws. The expense is part of hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel expenses, meals and vehicle payments Stutzman has charged to his campaign fund since 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A family trip to California that Indiana congressman Marlin Stutzman paid for with campaign money included visits to Universal Studios and Capitol Records. It also included lunch with a TV producer his wife admires.

Those details were found in an Office of Congressional Ethics report, which concluded the trip appears to have been “for personal purposes.” The report says federal law prohibits using campaign funds for personal matters.

The panel began investigating the Stutzman family’s six-day 2015 visit during the congressman’s losing Senate bid, which ended following May’s primary.

The Republican insists the trip was a legitimate campaign expense. But his campaign manager questioned using donor funds for what Stutzman’s wife called “a family vacation” on Facebook.

Stutzman’s office did not return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.