The Federal Election Commission deadlocked on whether to pursue enforcement action against Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) for using campaign money to pay for hotel stays in Washington.
Dismissal of an FEC enforcement complaint against Chaffetz filed by a 2016 primary-election opponent, Chia-Chi Teng, was reported Dec. 27 by The Salt Lake Tribune. The FEC hasn’t yet released documents in the matter, which was considered secretly under the commission’s confidentiality rules.
A Chaffetz spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment. The lawmaker told the Salt Lake City newspaper that the allegations of illegal personal use of campaign funds were false. He said that campaign funds were used to pay for hotels when his wife came to Washington for campaign-related events.