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How California pols used their campaign money

California lawmakers also used campaign money in 2003 to buy softball equipment, choreograph a dance routine, support family members' political ambitions and travel to locations that ranged from Iceland to Taiwan.

Most of the approximately $30 million that legislators spent in campaign funds last year went for traditional, election-related expenses, including campaign consultants, postage, telephone bills, office supplies and more fund-raising.

But there was also spending that had a less obvious connection to the business of winning office, including dozens of expenditures at Sacramento restaurants that were listed as meetings.

State law gives lawmakers and other elected officials broad latitude in how they use their donors' money. It requires that campaign funds be used for an election or governmental purpose and bars officials from tapping their campaign accounts for personal expenses outside of politics. -- Lawmakers used campaign cash for Las Vegas, softball, dancing (AP)