OTTAWA (NEWS1130) – As the Conservative government continues to deal with the fallout of the Senate expenses scandal, the CBC has uncovered what it says is a secret fund in the prime minister’s office.

However, what is described as a secret fund by some is characterized as a private Conservative party fund by others familiar with its existence.

Since the federal Tories came to power in 2006, the money is reportedly collected by fundraisers from party supporters.

The CBC reports the fund is reportedly controlled by a five-member Conservative board of fundraisers, with signing authority exclusively in the hands of the chief of staff.

However, PMO officials insist that former chief of staff Nigel Wright cut the cheque for Senator Mike Duffy from his personal account, and not the private fund.