February 13, 2013 - Atlanta, Ga: Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, left, Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, center, and Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, react as freshman Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, (not pictured) gets hazed as he introduces his first bill, Senate Bill 91, during Legislative Day 17 in the Senate Chambers Wednesday morning in Atlanta, Ga., February 13, 2013. Every time a freshman senator sponsors their first bill fellow senators haze them in the Senate Chambers as a sort of rite of passage as a freshman Georgia State Senator. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM
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February 13, 2013 - Atlanta, Ga: Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, left, Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, center, and Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, react as freshman Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, (not pictured) gets hazed as he introduces his first bill, Senate Bill 91, during Legislative Day 17 in the Senate Chambers Wednesday morning in Atlanta, Ga., February 13, 2013. Every time a freshman senator sponsors their first bill fellow senators haze them in the Senate Chambers as a sort of rite of passage as a freshman Georgia State Senator. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

Four Georgia congressmen face questions over shifted campaign funds

February 13, 2013 - Atlanta, Ga: Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, left, Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, center, and Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, react as freshman Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, (not pictured) gets hazed as he introduces his first bill, Senate Bill 91, during Legislative Day 17 in the Senate Chambers Wednesday morning in Atlanta, Ga., February 13, 2013. Every time a freshman senator sponsors their first bill fellow senators haze them in the Senate Chambers as a sort of rite of passage as a freshman Georgia State Senator. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM
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February 13, 2013 - Atlanta, Ga: Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, left, Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, center, and Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, react as freshman Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, (not pictured) gets hazed as he introduces his first bill, Senate Bill 91, during Legislative Day 17 in the Senate Chambers Wednesday morning in Atlanta, Ga., February 13, 2013. Every time a freshman senator sponsors their first bill fellow senators haze them in the Senate Chambers as a sort of rite of passage as a freshman Georgia State Senator. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM
February 13, 2013 - Atlanta, Ga: Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, left, Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, center, and Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, react as freshman Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, (not pictured) gets hazed as he introduces his first bill, Senate Bill 91, during Legislative Day 17 in the Senate Chambers Wednesday morning in Atlanta, Ga., February 13, 2013. Every time a freshman senator sponsors their first bill fellow senators haze them in the Senate Chambers as a sort of rite of passage as a freshman Georgia State Senator. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

Then-state Sen. Buddy Carter, center, in the Senate camber in 2013.  JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

Running a successful congressional campaign is an expensive endeavor, totaling more than $1.6 million on average in recent years. In comparison, a few thousand dollars toward a Capitol Hill bid seems like a drop in the bucket.

But not if that money is leftover from old runs for different political offices.

Four Georgia GOP congressmen who previously served in the legislature are facing new questions about the legality of relatively small contributions they made to their federal campaigns from money originally raised for state House and Senate races.

U.S. Reps. Buddy Carter, Tom Graves, Barry Loudermilk and Austin Scott all listed such contributions in recent filings, according to our analysis.

Read more here about the questions being raised and the lawmakers’ responses.

 


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