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2018 Midterms

#NeverTrump Candidate for U.S. Congress Pays Himself out of Campaign Funds

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A Republican candidate for U.S. Congress with a sordid history of supporting President Donald J. Trump has been paying himself a salary out of his campaign funds, FEC records show.

A County Commissioner in El Paso County, CO, Darryl Glenn, who disavowed his support for President Trump during the 2016 election cycle during which Glenn was running for U.S. Senate, paid himself four installments of $22,418 from April to June, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. 

“We’re entitled to it,” Glenn said. “It’s all by the book and legit.”

The FEC allows candidates for House, Senate, or president to pay themselves a salary as long as candidates do not pay themselves more than the salary made at their previous job. The rule, made in 2002, is meant to make it easier for non-wealthy candidates to run for office.

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Glenn has been loaning back to his campaign all of the funds which he has taken,  a move that will allow him to pocket the full amount, almost $90,000, after the campaign is finished.

“I’m exercising the right to do that, and I’m loaning 100 percent right back to the campaign,” he said. “If you decide to do it, you have to do it this way,” he said. “There’s strict rules on how you do that.”

Glenn is running against three primary challengers in order to win the right to take on incumbent Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) in November’s general election. His opponents are Colorado State Sen. Owen Hill, retired Texas judge Bill Rhea and former Green Mountain Falls, CO Mayor Tyler Stevens.

Glenn was a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016. He made headlines after dropping his endorsement for President Donald J. Trump over lewd comments the President made in an interview with Billy Bush 13 years ago.

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