FEC approves use of campaign funds for Congressman Terry’s home security

The Federal Election Commission has approved the use of up to $5,000 in campaign funds to bolster security at the home of Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) following a recommendation from Capitol Police.

{mosads}The funds will be used to install a security system — including closed-circuit television and video surveillance — at the congressman’s home, said Terry’s spokesman Charles Isom.

Though Isom declined to offer specifics on the exact nature of the threats, he did say that “there have been instances that they were concerned about, and the Capitol Police recommended [Terry] upgrade his security.”

According to an April 1 advisory opinion, the FEC concluded that Terry’s additional security “expenses would not exist irrespective of the Congressman’s campaign or duties as a Federal officeholder and the payment of these expenses would not constitute personal use of campaign funds.”

Efforts to strengthen lawmaker security have been stepped up in the months following the January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Capitol Police have briefed members on how they can add additional layers of protection, including being in closer contact with local law enforcement.

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