You might have seen the recent reporting regarding roughly 100 “zombie campaigns” still spending campaign cash long after the candidate is no longer seeking office. It is unconscionable for congressional campaign accounts to live on years after a member
has left office and for funds to be diverted for personal use, club dues, sports tickets, etc. We introduced the bipartisan Honest Elections and Campaigns, No Gain Act to stamp out that abuse of power. H.R. 5409 requires former lawmakers to close campaign
accounts in a reasonable time and bars unauthorized payments to family members. This bill also requires that former lawmakers dispense of all campaign funds prior to becoming a registered lobbyist. A member should not be able to have these accounts live on
for decades and use those funds for personal use.