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Governor Phil Bryant signs a campaign finance reform bill into law.

The new law will ban lawmakers and other elected officials from spending money for non-campaign purposes such as a mortgage payment, funerals, clothing, automobiles, tuition or undocumented loans.

The proposal came after the associated press and the Clarion-ledger questioned campaign spending in 2016 reports.

Some officials took leftover money from accounts when they retired, or spent it on things like cars, clothing and personal travel. All that is legal, as long as officials pay income taxes on money taken for personal use.

Mississippi is one of only five states that still allow elected officials to pocket campaign money for personal use.

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