NC Rep. Saine defends $19K in campaign funds on clothes

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – A North Carolina House leader is defending $19,000 in campaign expenditures for clothes, calling it a cost of being a legislator.

Rep. Jason Saine’s campaign finance report for the first half of 2015 showed the committee spending nearly $18,000 at custom tailor Tom James Co., and a little more at Joseph A. Bank and Belk.

The Lincolnton Republican told The Charlotte Observer the clothes are an appropriate use of campaign funds because he wouldn’t need suits, shirts and other items except for being in office. Legislative rules require men to wear coats and ties on the floor.

Saine acknowledges the “sticker shock” but says his work wardrobe back home is golf shirts and Khakis.

Saine has been in the House since 2011 and is a Finance Committee chairman.

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