Republican congressman Paul Broun, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, has paid part of his annual taxpayer-funded budget as a House member on a campaign consultant company.

Atlanta-based WSB-TV reports that Broun paid $33,000 to O'Donnell & Associates, a campaign communications firm, from his official congressional account. When the WSB reporter attempted to ask Broun about the expenditure, Broun did not answer and entered his Capitol Hill office. Watch the video below:

A Broun spokeswoman says Brett O'Donnell of O'Donnell & Associates is a "contract member" of the congressman's staff and that his employment to train Broun in communications strategy is "in compliance with House rules."

In one recent poll, Broun was shown to have a lead among his fellow Republican candidates in the primary for the U.S. Senate.

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