- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Senate wants to require political candidates to itemize credit card expenses over $200 on campaign finance reports.

Senators voted 40-11 to send Senate Bill 2374 (https://bit.ly/1nixxoC ) to the House.

Senate Elections Committee Chairwoman Sally Doty, a Brookhaven Republican, says campaign spending needs “crystal clear” disclosure.

Lt. Gov Tate Reeves ruled that a proposed amendment by Ellisville Republican Chris McDaniel to bar personal use of campaign money was improper under Senate rules. Reeves says he doesn’t oppose such a change.

Spending has been under scrutiny because of a series of Clarion-Ledger reports documenting that some lawmakers are using campaign money for personal uses. Credit card expenses are particularly opaque, because lawmakers can just make card payments instead of itemizing their spending.

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