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Questions over how Michele Fiore used funds

Posted at 7:42 PM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 23:20:14-04
She's Nevada's outspoken, gun-toting politician but now, there are questions about how Assemblywoman Michele Fiore spent campaign funds.  
Fiore used her Assembly campaign account for a high-profile trip to Oregon in the middle of the standoff. Publicly available expense reports show that Fiore used more than $2,000 to fund it.
"The FBI had shut down that whole area of that refuge so there would literally be no communication," said Fiore.
The congressional candidate turned into a crisis negotiator in February. Fiore was on the phone with the final four occupiers in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
"We don't need our weapons right now, they cannot fire on you with the world watching," she said during a recorded telephone conversation.  
Nevada law states "it is unlawful ... to spend money received as a contribution for the candidate's personal use." 
Fiore said one of the occupiers was from Nevada and the money spent does not constitute personal use.  Her concern was to ensure the four men would surrender peacefully.  
"They lived...they lived," she said. 
Fiore said she also personally paid about $7,000 to fund the trips.