U.S. closes case against former congressman from New Jersey

The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a watchdog group’s complaint that a former member of Congress used campaign contributions for personal expenses.

Former U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, a Democrat from New Jersey, resigned earlier this year and took a job with a law firm.

The commission informed Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington of its decision in a letter dated May 28. The group made the letter public Tuesday.

The FEC found that Andrews’ spending of $30,000 in campaign funds to take his family to Scotland in 2011 appeared to be personal use. But the complaint was dismissed because Andrews repaid the funds.

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The FEC dismissed other claims, including that Andrews improperly used campaign money for trips to California where his daughter had a career.

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