Glenn Wants to Use Senate Campaign Funds to Defray Presidential Debt
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, has asked the Federal Election Commission for its opinion on the legality of his using $800,000 in leftover Senate campaign funds to help reduce his $2.8 million presidential campaign debt, officials said Thursday.
In a letter to the FEC, Glenn Senate committee treasurer William Brown requested an advisory opinion on whether the excess funds can be transferred under FEC regulations.
″If the proposed transfer of excess funds from the Senate committee to the presidential committee is permissible under the law, the Senate committee, after paying its few remaining debts, intends to make the transfer,″ Brown said in the letter.
Glenn accumulated the debt in his unsuccessful bid for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination. He easily won re-election to the Senate last November, defeating former Rep. Thomas Kindness, R-Ohio.