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.

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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