FEC dismissed complaint on Sen. Reid payments to hotel staff

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint a conservative group filed against Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid over his use of campaign money to pay holiday
bonuses at the hotel where he lives.
F-E-C staff concluded that partly because of the small dollar
amount involved - 33-hundred dollars - the complaint did not merit
Reid reimbursed the money to his campaign committee after The
Associated Press reported on the matter last October.
He had argued that the payments to the doorman and other support
staff at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington, where he has a
condo, were approved by lawyers and permissible as a gift of
nominal value on a special occasion, something he said was
permitted under federal election law.