Rep. Mia Love, under fire for using more than $1,000 from her Congressional account to fly to Washington, D.C. for the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, says she also had a "strategy meeting" with her chief of staff while she was in Washington that weekend.
The Hill reports that Love originally asked for reimbursement from her Congressional account for the travel because of the staff meeting. She has since pledged to pay back the funds.
Love has not yet provided any documentation that she held any official meetings that weekend.
The freshman congresswoman had been reimbursed $1,160 to fly between Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C., the same weekend she attended the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, billed as the capital's biggest social gathering.
“We did have a staff meeting [that weekend]. It’s a strategy meeting. I can’t really share about what we’re doing,” Love, a rising star in the Republican Party, told The Hill in a brief interview at the Capitol. “It’s a strategy meeting I had with my chief of staff, OK?”
House rules prohibit members from using their congressional allowance “to pay for any expenses related to activities or events that are primarily social in nature.” But Love’s spokesman, Richard Piatt, insisted the weekend trip, from Saturday to Sunday, had included time for official business.