Can the campaign reimburse the candidate when he or she uses personal funds for campaign-related purchases?

If a candidate makes documented out-of-pocket campaign expenditures on behalf of his or her campaign expecting repayment (not intending to make an in-kind contribution), the campaign committee must repay the candidate within 21 days of the expenditure or the candidate will be deemed to have made a loan to his or her campaign committee, which is limited to $7,500 per election.

Undocumented out-of-pocket campaign expenditures by the candidate are in-kind contributions not eligible for repayment. Document the loan with a loan agreement as shown on this web page, which has more information on campaign loans and loan agreements.