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Indiana lawmaker defends taking family on campaign trip

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman is defending his decision to have his campaign pay for his family to visit California last summer, saying political business was conducted during the six-day trip.

Stutzman's wife described the event online as a family vacation. Federal Election Commission guidelines forbid using campaign funds for personal expenses.

Over the course of a week, The Associated Press repeatedly asked the campaign to explain the travel. The campaign never answered and only refunded the campaign for trip costs after the AP inquired.

In a statement Thursday, Stutzman said he's always been transparent with voters.

Also Thursday, the campaign released an itinerary for the trip, but deleted the names of people Stutzman met and didn't spell out the political purpose of the events.

A spokesman said Wednesday that a number of the meals and meetings were political.

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