JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Except for one lone Democrat who voted no, Mississippi lawmakers agree that public officials shouldn’t spend campaign money on themselves. Changes to Senate Bill 2689 saying so were approved unanimously except for Sen. Juan Barnett, a Heidelberg Democrat, who opposed the bill. As things stand now any money people contribute to someone’s campaign in Mississippi can be used any way the candidate wants – as long as they pay income taxes on money taken for personal use. Many politicians use accumulated but unspent campaign war chests as a retirement fund, taking large sums when they retire. The bill would ban lawmakers and other elected officials from spending money for non-campaign purposes such as a mortgage payment, funerals, clothing, automobiles, tuition or undocumented loans.