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Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Andrews campaign funds pay for boring-est high-school graduation party ever

Rep. Robert Andrews reportedly made creative use of campaign funds. (Melina Mara - The Washington Post)
This sounds like the worst party one could throw for a teenager: Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) used more than $10,000 in campaign funds to throw a fancy fete that was billed both as a celebration of the congressman’s tenure in Congress and a graduation party for his daughter, according to the Star-Ledger’s damning story this weekend about the congressman’s freewheeling use of his campaign war chest.

Pressed by reporter Matt Friedman, Andrews’s chief of staff insisted that the party wasn’t so much a party for his daughter as a political event and that all the campaign expenses were legit. “Most guests were political associates and that [daughter] Jacqueline’s guests only made up about 10 percent of the party,” the aide said.

Oh, Dad!

But her sister Josie, a budding actress, can’t have been too angry with her dear old pop for flooding the graduation celebration with his political cronies instead of her sister’s school chums — because, according to the story, he was also quite generous (again, with his flush campaign coffers) to theaters that gave her roles.

And among other eyebrow-raising expenses, the campaign account also paid for what sounds like a luxe Andrews family jaunt to Scotland, complete with a stay in a five-star hotel.

Thanks, Dad!

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