Duncan Hunter (CA-50) and wife indicted for misuse of campaign funds

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Post by Mikedunford » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:27 pm

BREAKING - per CNN:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/21/politics ... index.html
CNN)Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret, were indicted Tuesday on charges related to the misuse of $250,000 worth of campaign funds for personal expenses and the filing of false campaign finance records.

The charges of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy were the culmination of a Department of Justice investigation that has stretched for more than a year, during which the Republican congressman from California has maintained his innocence.


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Post by Fiona » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:28 pm

Helluva news cycle. I suspect Mr. Hunter is rather pleased about all the other bombshells from today.



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Post by fierceredpanda » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:35 pm

This has been coming for a while. Guess the DOJ decided today was a good day to unload a lot of politically-charged cases.


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Post by kate520 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:37 pm

Hallelujah!


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The Justice Department on Tuesday charged a Republican Congressman and his wife with using more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for family vacations, theater tickets and other personal expenses.

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (Calif.) and his wife, Margaret, were charged in a 48-page indictment that details how they allegedly used campaign money to live beyond their means, funding trips to Italy, Hawaii and other places, as well as school tuition, dental work and theater tickets. The Justice Department said in a news release that the couple also allegedly spent tens of thousands of dollars on more modest items, such as golf outings, video games and even home utilities.

The Justice Department alleged the couple falsely described the purchases in FEC filings as “campaign travel,” “dinner with volunteers/contributors,” or by using other seemingly innocent monikers. They described the payment of their family dental bills as a charitable contribution to “Smiles For Life,” and tickets to see “Riverdance” at the San Diego Civic Theater as “San Diego Civic Center for Republican Women Federated/Fundraising.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... 4b8693a41f

There is just so much wrong with these people. :torches:



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Post by NMgirl » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:02 pm

kate520 wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:37 pm
Hallelujah!
What does this mean for the election in CA-50?



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Post by Northland10 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:06 pm

CNN wrote:Hunter was a founding member of the "Trump Caucus" in the House during the 2016 campaign, and alongside Rep. Chris Collins, was the first of two sitting congressmen to endorse Trump for President back in February 2016. Collins was indicted earlier this month on insider trader charges.
The Trump Caucus seems to have one thing in common. Is DesJarlais and Marino watching their back now?


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Post by NMgirl » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:10 pm

Found the answer to my question re: upcoming election.




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Post by bob » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:12 pm

NMgirl wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:10 pm
Found the answer to my question re: upcoming election.

The more likely scenario is that Hunter won't withdraw, and he'll "let the voters decide." And a sizable percentage of the Republican party already has demonstrated they don't mind crooks, as long as they are their crooks.

CA-50 is "solid Republican." At best, it'll change to "lean Republican."


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Post by jonbeck » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:15 pm

If I was a gambler I would wager Duncan Hunter gets re-elected, it is just that sort of district, think Joe Arpiao



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Post by Foggy » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:21 pm

I think you're right, jonbeck. :daydream:


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Post by NMgirl » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:23 pm

jonbeck wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:15 pm
If I was a gambler I would wager Duncan Hunter gets re-elected, it is just that sort of district, think Joe Arpiao
Before the indictment, 538 gave Hunter 19/20 chance of winning the election.



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Post by NMgirl » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:34 pm

Hunter Douglas, in typical Republican fashion, blames the Little Woman.

Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife indicted in use of campaign funds for personal expenses

Maeve Reston
By Laura Jarrett and Maeve Reston, CNN
Updated 6:43 PM ET, Tue August 21, 2018

:snippity:
Hunter was a founding member of the "Trump Caucus" in the House during the 2016 campaign, and alongside Rep. Chris Collins, was the first of two sitting congressmen to endorse Trump for President back in February 2016. Collins was indicted earlier this month on insider trader charges.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in unusual charges on Hunter's campaign credit card had come under scrutiny, including among other things, an Italian vacation, dental work, purchases at a surf shop, and huge tabs at bars in restaurants in the San Diego and Washington, DC, areas. Among the most mocked charges was airfare for a pet rabbit to fly with the family, which an aide said was mistakenly charged to the wrong credit card.
:snippety:
"There was wrong campaign spending, but it was not done by me," Hunter told KGTV-10, a San Diego television station, earlier this year.
His comments have cast blame on his wife and former campaign manager, Margaret Hunter, who also made charges on the campaign credit card.


https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/21/politics ... index.html



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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:09 pm

NMgirl wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:34 pm
Hunter Douglas, :snippity: :snippity: :snippity:
The fan the shit hits?



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Post by NMgirl » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:41 pm

Sugar Magnolia wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:09 pm
NMgirl wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:34 pm
Hunter Douglas, :snippity: :snippity: :snippity:
The fan the shit hits?
:bag: Sheesh.

Everything is just so shady with Republicans, you would have to be blind not to see it.



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Post by bob » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:41 pm

NMgirl wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:23 pm
Before the indictment, 538 gave Hunter 19/20 chance of winning the election.
Now down to 88%.


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Post by vic » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:52 pm

A three-fer and it isn't even Friday.

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Post by MN-Skeptic » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:56 pm

vic wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:52 pm
A three-fer and it isn't even Friday.

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Post by NMgirl » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:15 pm

"Tell the Navy to go fuck themselves." How's that going to go down in San Diego?



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Post by Somerset » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:55 pm

bob wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:12 pm
NMgirl wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:10 pm
Found the answer to my question re: upcoming election.

The more likely scenario is that Hunter won't withdraw, and he'll "let the voters decide." And a sizable percentage of the Republican party already has demonstrated they don't mind crooks, as long as they are their crooks.

CA-50 is "solid Republican." At best, it'll change to "lean Republican."
True. But I suspect young Duncan might find fundraising a bit more difficult now ;)



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Post by kate520 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:39 pm

Don’t count his chickens for him yet. Give it a couple days for the news to percolate through the cycle. The avalanche of criminality gushing from the GOP all at once will have a cumulative effect, IMHO. Even in CA-50.


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Post by GreatGrey » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:22 am

You get thrown out of the military for finances like this.
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Post by NotaPerson » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:47 pm

A friend posted on my Facebook page part of a NYT story that said one of the things Hunter bought with campaign funds was a seat on a plane for a pet rabbit.

Suddenly, I'm liking the guy just a little more. :-D


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:04 pm

NotaPerson wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:47 pm
A friend posted on my Facebook page part of a NYT story that said one of the things Hunter bought with campaign funds was a seat on a plane for a pet rabbit.

Suddenly, I'm liking the guy just a little more. :-D
Why, you, you, Rabbit Lover! :-D


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