Earlier this year Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) made headlines for using an electronic cigarette during a congressional hearing about banning vaping on planes:
Now Hunter is garnering attention for another trendy modern technology, but in this case the attention isn’t good.
According to Zam.com and the San Diego Union Tribune, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is investigating the use of a Hunter campaign credit card to buy $1,302 worth of video games on the Steam online gaming service. The use of campaign funds for personal expenses is prohibited.
On his campaign finance disclosure for 2015, Hunter did note the purchases, listing them as a “personal expense — to be paid back.” However, the funds have not yet been returned, which Hunter’s spokesman attributed to an ongoing dispute with Steam.
Hunter’s spokesman, Joe Kasper, said the congressman’s teenage son used his father’s credit card for one game, and then several unauthorized charges resulted after the father tried to close access to the website. Kasper said that Hunter is trying to have the unauthorized charges reversed before repaying his campaign account.
Hunter has until May 9 to respond to the FEC.
Or it’s: Game Over.
(I’ll show myself out.)