Seems like every single week a corrupt Democrat lawmaker has been caught breaking the law or doing something that violates their oath of office.
But Americans got a somber reminder this week that corruption resides on both sides of the political aisle, and that draining the D.C. swamp may sometimes also apply to Republicans.
California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter has announced that he will resign from his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hunter said his resignation was prompted by his decision to plead guilty to campaign finance violations.
Hunter and his wife, along with former campaign treasurer Margaret Hunter, all pled guilty to campaign finance violations.
“Shortly after the Holidays, I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years,” Hunter said in his statement.
Hunter and his family were indicted in August 2018 of misusing $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.
They recently changed their pleas to guilty.
“No. 1, not a single dime of taxpayer money is involved in this. The plea that I accepted was misuse of my own campaign funds, of which I pled guilty to only one count. I think it’s important that people know that I did make mistakes,” Hunter said in an interview with the local California news station on Monday.
“Whatever my time in custody is, I will take that hit. My only hope is that the judge does not sentence my wife to jail. I think my kids need a mom in the home.”
The indictment included accusations that Duncan Hunter used the funds to purchase trips to Europe and Hawaii, pay for his family’s dental work and school tuition and to fly the family’s pet rabbit across the country.
Funds were also spent on “fast food, movie tickets, golf outings, video games, coffee, groceries, home utilities, and expensive meals,” according to the Department of Justice.
Following the indictment, additional allegations emerged that the congressman used campaign funds during the course of five different extramarital affairs with congressional staffers and lobbyists.
Hunter also allegedly falsified campaign records filed to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in an attempt to conceal the purchases by mischaracterizing the expenses as “‘campaign travel,’ ‘dinner with volunteers/contributors,’ ‘toy drives,’ ‘teacher/parent and supporter events,’ ‘gift cards’ for charitable donations, and ‘gift basket items,’ among other false descriptions,” according to DOJ.
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Hunter represents the 50th District in California and was first elected to the seat previously held by his father in 2008.
Despite his resignation, the district is still rated an R+11 by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, which means it will likely remain in GOP hands.
Campaign finance violations are very serious, and Duncan isn’t the only notable lawmaker currently engulfed in allegations of violating the law.
Radical Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar could be facing felony charges after a compliant alleges she possibly made illegal payments to a company run by the man with whom she is allegedly having an affair.
Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib is currently under investigation after one of her big donors — who donated $2,500 to her campaign — has been dead for 10 years.
And, the cherry on top: socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could face “jail time” over her affiliation with a sketchy, dark money group.