Calif. rep spent $600 in campaign funds to fly family rabbit
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., used $600 of his camapign funds to fly his family’s rabbit.(Carolyn Kaster/AP)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 3:52 PM
A California Republican spent $600 of his funds in airline fees to fly his family’s rabbit – a move that has been under investigation by the House Office of Congressional Ethics.
The ethics committee found that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) allegedly used his campaign money for video games, resort stays, oral surgery, a garage door and a jewelry purchase in Italy, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Hunter spokesman Joe Kasper cited the rabbit transportation fees to the Press–Enterprise newspaper and said that that expense was somehow charged to the campaign credit card.
Hunter had already reimbursed his campaign $60,000 as the investigation was ongoing.
Kasper also said that the unreleased ethics report “findings or implications are significantly misrepresented or even exaggerated.”
“This was nothing more than an oversight. In fact, it’s such an obvious example of a mistake being made but (the office) wants to view it through a lens of possible intent,” Kasper said.
Other expenses the etics committee found were charges of video games, resort stays, and surgery, among others.(Gary Ombler/Getty Images/Dorling Kindersley)
“The same goes for many other expenditures. Many of Rep. Hunter’s repayments had to do with mistakes under specific circumstances, and in other cases there were bona fide campaign activities connected to expenditures that (the office) was not aware of and didn’t account for.”
Federal campaign finance laws prohibit candidates from using campaign funds for their personal benefit.
The ethics committee chose not to release the report due to the swearing-in of the new Congress. This comes as the watchdog was nearly gutted this week after House Republicans voted to overturn the decision, which President-elect Donald Trump and others strongly criticized.
Hunter’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about his expenses.Send a Letter to the Editor
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