UPDATE: The Indianapolis Star is now reporting that Stutzman has reimbursed his campaign committee $2,000 for the airline expense he paid for his family members on that trip to California. His campaign spokesperson says he did perform campaign-related activities while on the trip but decided in an abundance of caution to reimburse the campaign those costs. “Out of an abundance of caution, knowing that some of the trip was for personal time, the entire portion was reimbursed,” Josh Kelley said. The Star notes that Stutzman's opponent's hands aren't entirely clean when it comes to campaign finance law compliance. Todd Young's campaign was fined $8,670 by the FEC in 2012 for failing to timely report more than $75,000 he received in campaign contributions.
I had forgotten about this story I posted on a year ago. It involved a controversial trip Aaron Schock took to Saudi Arabia that was paid for by the Saudi government, but Schock failed to properly disclose the Saudi government had paid for the trip. Stutzman was on that same 10-day, 2011 trip with Rep. Schock; however, Stutzman properly reported that the Saudi government had financed the trip. I noted at that time the irony that the purpose of the trip was to discuss counter-terrorism given that a Saudi prince who participated in that visit had been tied to the financing of the 9/11 hijackers.