Allen West’s nonprofit being funded with Allen West’s campaign cash

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Former Congressman Allen West reported his campaign committee gave $400,000 on March 27th to, wait for it, the Allen West Foundation. This follows the $250,000 his committee gave to the same foundation on December 28th. The committee also gave $250,000 on December 28to his American Legacy Guardians.

Both organizations share the same PO Box address in Boca Raton.

Dave Levinthal of the Center for Public Integrity explains that donations from a campaign committee to a nonprofit group are legal, and there are no restrictions on the amount. Candidates may also donate campaign funds to their own charities, as former presidential candidate and Rep. Ron Paul did earlier this month.

The Allen West for Congress Ccommittee also reported it paid $178,397 for legal fees and recount expenses. The committee has $142,672 cash on hand as of March 31.

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