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10 ways Duncan Hunter allegedly misused campaign funds

A Republican Congressman Was Accused of Using Campaign Money to Buy Tequila Shots, a Ton of Fast Food, and a Flight for A Bunny

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The Hunters spent $14,261.33 on a family trip to Italy for Thanksgiving in 2015. While on the trip, Hunter tried to set up a tour of a U.S. Naval facility. When the Navy said it could only accommodate them on a certain date, Margaret Hunter allegedly told Hunter's chief of staff to "tell the Navy to go f*** themselves.” No tour took place.

Margaret Hunter told the campaign treasurer the expenses “were mostly military/defense meet related," but later emailed a friend saying: “Italy was amazing. Truly our best family trip so far. Like that saying 'if traveling was free you'd never see me again?!'”

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In March 2015, Hunter told his wife he was planning to buy a pair of "Hawaii shorts" but didn't have the money to pay for them. She told him to purchase them at a golf pro shop so they could pass off the expense as “some [golf] balls for the wounded warriors.”

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In 2010, the lawmaker bought a $41.04 video game and a $1,199 computer at the Apple store. In 2015, he and his wife spent $1,528.68 at Steam Games on video games, having disclosed 67 purchases totaling $1,302 in their 2015 year-end report filed to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In 2016, he spent $271.22 on a gaming keyboard and a mouse at Best Buy.

Following an inquiry by the FEC, Margaret Hunter reported the 2015 purchases as fraudulent to the First National Bank. The bank then credited the campaign account the $1,302.

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Without providing documentation showing it funds were being used for campaign purposes, Margaret Hunter — who was paid $116,000 for management and consulting services by the campaign between 2010 and 2017 — failed to provide documentation showing how $5,068.34 at fast food establishments was for campaign purposes. The fast food establishments patronized include In-N-Out Burger, Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. She told the campaign treasurer that a $28.88 meal at Panda Express was a "meal on campaign go."

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He spent less (taxpayer money) on his Hawaii trip than I did.  :kicksrock:Never go over Christmas.  

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The important thing here, for me, is Duncan Hunter's defense.  In true Trumpian fashion, he is blaming "liberals within the Justice Department", and claiming this is all part of the Deep State's effort to dispose of Trump allies.

Incidentally, this is not the Duncan Hunter who ran for President in 2008; that was his father, though they have very similar positions. Duncan Hunter Sr. was, I recall quite clearly, one of the very first Republican politicians to espouse nationalist positions. As early as 1990 he came out against NAFTA and against illegal immigrants.  He was one of the forerunners of what the Republican Party has now become.

Duncan Hunter Jr. was the second Republican politician to endorse Donald Trump, after recently indicted Chris Collins. (The 3rd was Jeff Sessions.)

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this was a safe seat, haven't seen any recent polling.

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2 minutes ago, joffer said:

this was a safe seat, haven't seen any recent polling.

It's going to be tough. Duncan Hunter is a household name in the area because of his dad. It's a very red district, and his opponent is the grandson of a Palestinian terrorist with an Arabic name, endorsed by Obama.  And there's nobody else to vote for and you can't write anybody in. It's these two guys.

So who knows?

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8 minutes ago, timschochet said:

It's going to be tough. Duncan Hunter is a household name in the area because of his dad. It's a very red district, and his opponent is the grandson of a Palestinian terrorist with an Arabic name, endorsed by Obama.  And there's nobody else to vote for and you can't write anybody in. It's these two guys.

So who knows?

Where in CA is his district?

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7 minutes ago, Bruce Dickinson said:

Hmm.  Lots of money and/or active/former military, I presume?

There's a naval base right there.  His opponent should be running his wife's quote 24/7.

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7 minutes ago, cockroach said:

There's a naval base right there.  His opponent should be running his wife's quote 24/7.

Pulled up a map of it.  Yeah, runs right up on Camp Pendleton.  And spreads inland, getting those little mountain towns near San Diego.  

Would seem like “Hunter spent campaign money to live beyond means and covered it up by saying it was for veterans” would be wise to bring up when running against Hunter for office.

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2 minutes ago, Bruce Dickinson said:

Pulled up a map of it.  Yeah, runs right up on Camp Pendleton.  And spreads inland, getting those little mountain towns near San Diego.  

Would seem like “Hunter spent campaign money to live beyond means and covered it up by saying it was for veterans” would be wise to bring up when running against Hunter for office.

Yea, it's huge.  2nd largest in the country, I think.

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11 minutes ago, The General said:

I love his blaming getting busted on the “deep state” schtick though. 

Yes, that flaming liberal in charge of the DOJ, Jeff Sessions, has it in for the early adopters of Trumpism.

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3 minutes ago, Bruce Dickinson said:

Yes, that flaming liberal in charge of the DOJ, Jeff Sessions, has it in for the early adopters of Trumpism.

“So you are saying the deep state doesn’t allow tax payer funded family vaca to Italy. Ohh. I wasn’t aware of that”

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The overdraft fees and the finance charges on their maxed out credit cards totaled over 100k.

Of course, he was one of the loudest voices accusing President Obama of "fiscal irresponsibility".

And he is a public vaper, too. A special category of dooshness. 

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1 hour ago, Encyclopedia Brown said:

The overdraft fees and the finance charges on their maxed out credit cards totaled over 100k.

Of course, he was one of the loudest voices accusing President Obama of "fiscal irresponsibility".

And he is a public vaper, too. A special category of dooshness. 

https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/d4jdilxvh18c0byhdmnj.mp4

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8 hours ago, The General said:

“So you are saying the deep state doesn’t allow tax payer funded family vaca to Italy. Ohh. I wasn’t aware of that”

George Costanza:
[pause] Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon... you know, cause I've worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time.

 

First defense: I like trump so they’re out to get me

2nd defense: see above

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13 minutes ago, msommer said:

I'm sure the usual suspects will be in here calling for him to step down any second now

This is all deeply concerning.

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2 minutes ago, Snorkelson said:

This is all deeply concerning.

But, hey, he's a politician. Drain the Swamp! Emails, Seth Rich. Benghazi!!!1!!!!1!!!

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There is only one statement you should be making. I didn't use campaign fund for personal use and proof that you didn't. I don't want to hear this is a smear campaign by Democrats.

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I am too old and jaded to believe that integrity means much to most folks, or that it is not often for sale. That said I am still amazed at how cheaply it is often sold, nearly given away.

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1 hour ago, SaintsInDome2006 said:

Take family vacation to anywhere with a Military facility. During the trip go to the base for a tour. Expense entire trip. Blame Deep State when busted :moneybag:

The guy will probably still win if Congress doesn't give him the boot, they won't give him the boot if he can still win.

 

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I've gotta hand it to Trump for doing such a great job of draining this swamp. He brilliantly played this to appear like he's one of the insiders, but through his clever maneuvering and working with Mueller he's managing to get many corrupt insiders to expose themselves. This is an unprecedented level of chess being played. 

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1 hour ago, SaintsInDome2006 said:

I saw that the other night. I don't know the specific facts of his case beyond the stuff that gets discussed here, but it was a pretty sympathetic defense of himself. That this all happened last year and he repaid everything and now it's being launched now. Some of it was BS. Oh, I was in the Army and so we say #### the Navy. But if I was inclined to be on his side, the timing argument would've been a little compelling.

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18 minutes ago, Matthias said:

I saw that the other night. I don't know the specific facts of his case beyond the stuff that gets discussed here, but it was a pretty sympathetic defense of himself. That this all happened last year and he repaid everything and now it's being launched now. Some of it was BS. Oh, I was in the Army and so we say #### the Navy. But if I was inclined to be on his side, the timing argument would've been a little compelling.

Don't forget it was all his wife.

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20 minutes ago, The General said:

Don't forget it was all his wife.

His next excuse should be that he's bad at math. 

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/indicted-duncan-hunter-claims-innocence-says-his-wife-ran-the-finances/

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"My campaign did make mistakes," Hunter told the network. "There was money spent on things, not by me but by the campaign, and I paid that back before my last election. I paid back $60,000 after I did an objective audit. This is pure politics."

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Hunter and his wife, Margaret, are accused of illegally using $250,000 in campaign funds for personal use.  

 

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18 hours ago, Tom Skerritt said:

These two are scumbags. Buying expensive clothing at a golf club, and declaring it as golf balls for wounded warriors is despicable. 

The worst part about his use of "wounded warriors"? He's a Marine.

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58 minutes ago, TobiasFunke said:

Apparently he went to the Salvadoran place across the street from my old place during one of his illicit spending sprees.  They are now offering the Duncan Combo- a steak taco and a shot of Jose Cuervo for $10.

Tough but fair.

The concept, I mean.  I’m sure the Taco is tender and delicious.

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4 hours ago, TobiasFunke said:

Apparently he went to the Salvadoran place across the street from my old place during one of his illicit spending sprees.  They are now offering the Duncan Combo- a steak taco and a shot of Jose Cuervo for $10.

:lmao:

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It’s hard enough when the entire Deep State is against you- but then to learn that your own wife is working with the Deep State for your destruction? 

How can you not feel for this guy? 

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The 30 most astounding moments in Duncan Hunter's indictment

Highlights:

- to conceal one illegal expense, Hunter told his Chief Of Staff to write it off as "a Christian thing" with a supporter.

- Margaret Hunter purchased $152 worth of makeup and told the campaign Treasurer that it was "a gift basket for the Boys & Girls Club".

- when the San Diego Reader wrote a 2012 article about his wife's questionable expenses, he told the paper that she had been removed from his staff. Then he continued to pay her anyway.

- when staff members voiced concerns, he accused them of "disloyalty" and "trying to create a paper trail on me"


The cynical contempt for and exploitation of Christians and veterans should be shocking to see, but I just don't think it's an anomaly anymore.

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4 minutes ago, Joe Summer said:



- Margaret Hunter purchased $152 worth of makeup and told the campaign Treasurer that it was "a gift basket for the Boys & Girls Club".
 

Not to defend these ghouls but my wife is really into make-up "artistry" or whatever and my son's girlfriend does make-up tutorials on Instachat/Snapagrams.   You wouldn't believe how expensive non-drug store brand make up is.

 $152 could have been like 3 things.

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10 minutes ago, Joe Summer said:

The cynical contempt for and exploitation of Christians and veterans should be shocking to see, but I just don't think it's an anomaly anymore.

It’s the GOP platform 

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I don't see many people coming to his defense in here.  Now imagine instead of going on trips he paid hush money to porn stars.

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