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Topic - Brett Kappel
When President Obama traveled to Florida this week, he sandwiched a partisan speech at Florida Atlantic University between two multimillion-dollar fundraisers for his 2012 campaign, allowing him to label at least part of the trip to a critical battleground state as official business.
When Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign disclosed in October that it planned to pay the candidate $70,000, the transfer was unusual for a campaign committee.
"Nobody knows how much the travel has to be paid for by either the Democratic National Committee or the president's campaign committee, or how they come up with the data, or how long they have to reimburse it after the travel takes place," said Brett Kappel, an expert on election law at Arent Fox. "It's a total mystery — it's a black box."