More wacky fun with GOP Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Tasteful Fedora) as it turns out his lavish office isn’t the only thing he’s spent a curiously large amount of money on as a Congresscritter, thanks to some enterprising reporters putting two and two together with all of Schock’s many, many Instragram updates.
The Associated Press reported Monday that the rising GOP star – who has already come fire under for his lavish “Downton Abbey”-styled congressional office – used campaign donations for at least $75,000 in questionable expenses.
Reporters Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun used location data from the 33-year-old Schock’s frequently updated Instagram account to cross-reference with travel and other reports filed by his office.
They found that a Schock PAC called GOP Generation Y billed more than $24,000 over the past four years on concerts, including country music events and performances by Jay-Z and Katy Perry, and fundraisers held at breweries.
His office also paid $1,400 to a massage parlor in October, and the AP reported that Schock spent more than $40,000 of donors’ money for private airfare.
Lawmakers are allowed to use office funds for private flights if they cover their share of the costs.
After a while that money adds up, even for someone in Congress. Granted, five-digit stuff is slap on the wrist territory for a House Ethics Committee at most, but still this kind of behavior probably looks bad to the Republicans who elected him.
I still hate his fedora.