PINELLAS COUNTY, Florida - After 10 Investigates exposed how close allies of the late Bill Young were spending his campaign funds after his death, new federal filings indicate the campaign account has been shut down and most of its proceeds were distributed to non-profits in the Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. area.
Among the distributions in second quarter of 2014:
- $25,000 each to All Children's Hospital and Bayfront Health Foundation in St. Petersburg;
- $22,849 to Armed Forces Foundation in Washington D.C.;
- $10,000 to Suncoast Hospice Foundation in Clearwater;
- $5,000 to Gold Shield Foundation in Tampa;
- $5,000 to First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in Largo;
- $3,000 to St. Vincent de Paul in St. Petersburg;
- $2,500 to Cops for the Cause in Clearwater;
- $2,000 to Calvary Episcopal Church in Indian Rocks Beach;
- $1,000 to Remember, Honor, Support Inc. in St. Petersburg.
All of the donations came after 10 Investigations' report on January 31. The account was officially closed on March 31.
But in the weeks leading up to - and immediately after - the Congressman's death, his inner-circle spent tens of thousands of dollars on hotel stays, receptions, and restaurant tabs.
Federal campaign law places almost no restrictions on campaign expenditures as long as the expenditures are campaign-related.
And even though Young announced he would not seek re-election months before his death, a spokeswoman from the National Republican Congressional Campaign (NRCC) told 10 Investigates the expenditures were all legal. She would not, however, indicate who the friends/family were that benefited from the hotel stays and dinners.