The rally, held in Washington, D.C. last November, was "hosted" by Reps Michele Bachmann (MN), Tom Price (GA), Todd Akin (MO) and Steve King (IA). The reps split the bill of $13,600 (for a private company to arrange staging and a sound system).
The representatives used their official congressional member allowances to do so. While certainly unseemly for an anti-spending movement, it reportedly falls within the lines of the use of their budgets. Stan Brand, a former general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives.said:
"Unless it's billed as a campaign event, or campaign donations are solicited, or there's a concerted program of endorsements for candidates based on party affiliation, I don't think that they ran into any issues."
However, this isn't the only unseemly spending by the GOP brought to light of late. In late March, a GOP staffer was fired after a nearly $2,000 visit to a strip club.
Written by Michael Santo