With the Trump/ Cohen/ Manafort shit show in full swing this week, you might have missed this OTHER campaign abuse story in the headlines.
Rep. Duncan D. Duncan and wife Margaret Hunter pleaded not guilty yesterday to federal charges that they had stolen a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds for things like a $14,000 Italian vacation and flying their pet rabbit.
According to the LA Times,
‘Family dental bills, the indictment alleges, were listed as a charitable contribution to Smiles for Life. Tickets for the family to see Riverdance at the San Diego Civic Theatre became “San Diego Civic Center for Republican Women Federated/Fundraising.” A golf outing was characterized as “a Christian thing” with a supporter. SeaWorld tickets worth more than $250 were called an “educational tour.
For all the spending, authorities said the couple was actually broke. After his election to Congress in 2008, Duncan and his wife overdrew their bank account more than 1,100 times, racking up more than $37,000 in overdraft fees, the indictment said.”
Whether this is a legal strategy or not, Hunter shifted any blame onto his wife saying she was the one handling his finances. The California Republican said on Fox News,
“She was also the campaign manager, so whatever she did that’ll be looked at too, I’m sure.
But I didn’t do it. I didn’t spend any money illegally.
My campaign did make mistakes. There was money spent on things not by me but by the campaign, and I paid that back before my last election.”
Hunter, a former Marine, said that when he went to Iraq in 2003 he gave his wife power of attorney and she has handled his finances throughout his military career and time in Congress.
The Hunters are accused of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, wire fraud, falsification of records and prohibited use of campaign contributions, among other charges.
Basically, they (she?) liked to spend money and were broke. So, they just used taxpayer money to fund their lavish lifestyle. Sounds like all the president’s men.
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