An activist group says Texas Congressman John Culberson used campaign money to purchase collectibles, including Civil War memorabilia and fossils. Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the PolitiFact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.
During Culberson’s campaign for re-election to his 7th District seat – a race he ultimately lost – the campaign arm of the Environmental Defense Fund sent a mailer to voters making the claim. Federal political candidates are allowed to use campaign funds to purchase items “of nominal value, and if they’re given as gifts to others, not to family members,” Selby says.
Hear how the Environmental Defense Fund’s claim scored in the player above.
Written by Shelly Brisbin.