Republicans Misusing Campaign Funds

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Displaying 12 Scandals
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  • Rep. Troy Nehls
    Diverted more than $25,000 in campaign contributions to an entity that he was the sole proprietor of and was located at his home address by falsely claiming the money was used to pay rent on office space for his political campaign
    10 May 2024
    According to a report released by the nonpartisan House Ethics Committee
  • State Sen. Brian Kelsey [R-TN]
    Illegally transferred $91,000 from his political campaign and a nonprofit organization to an authorized federal campaign committee supporting his candidacy using money not subject to reporting regulations to help his 2016 bid for US Congress and then hid the transactions from the FEC
    11 Aug 2023
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson [R-AR]
    Illegally spent over $100,000 in campaign contributions on personal expenses and then tried to cover it up by filing numerous false tax returns
    03 Feb 2023
    He pleaded guilty to tax and wire fraud and was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay over $350,000 in fines
  • Suspiciously listed 37 campaign expenses on purchases like a hotel stay in Miami and other travel expenses as costing $199.99 -- one cent below the legally binding $200 threshold that required itemized receipts -- on his campaign finance forms
    09 Jan 2023
    According to allegations detailed in a lawsuit filed by nonprofit campaign watchdog The Campaign Legal Center
  • Rep. Ronny Jackson [R-TX]
    Spent $3,147.06 in campaign funds to pay for an extravagant dinner at a private social and dining club that the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics reported was likely a personal expense and not a fundraising event as he claimed
    23 May 2022
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rep. Ronny Jackson [R-TX]
    Used $1,929.07 in campaign funds to pay for 11 months' worth of dues to gain "unlimited access" to a private social and dining club located in Texas
    23 May 2022
    According to a report released by the nonpartisan House Ethics Committee
  • Commissioner John Oxendine [R-GA]
    Spent roughly $100,000 in campaign donations on personal expenses that included a down payment on a home, luxury cars and childcare expenses
    12 May 2022
    According to a complaint filed by the Georgia Ethics Commission which he settled by agreeing to forfeit $128,000 dollars left in his campaign account without admitting any guilt
  • Matt Gaetz
    Snorted cocaine with a paid escort he also presumably had sex with inside an Orlando hotel room he paid for with campaign funds
    14 May 2021
    According to two eyewitnesses who spoke exclusively with The Daily Beast
  • State Sen. Sam McCann [R-IL]
    Spent over $200,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses including his mortgage and cars
    03 Feb 2021
    According to charging documents filed by federal prosecutors
  • State Sen. John Courson [R-SC]
    Stole $159k from his election campaign and spent it on personal expenses by routing funds through a political consulting firm that in turn paid him over a series of transactions
    04 Jun 2018
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA]
    Stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign to spend on everyday personal expenses like family vacations, private school tuition and jewelry so he could live the opulent lifestyle his taxpayer funded salary didn't provide
    Apr 2016
    He pleaded guilty to using campaign funds for private use and was sentenced to eleven months in prison, but was pardoned by Donald Trump before his sentence began
  • Rep. Aaron Schock [R-IL]
    Received nearly $50,000 he was not entitled to after he lied about driving 90,000 more miles than he actually did in reimbursement forms he filed with the government and his campaign
    17 Mar 2015
    According to a report by Politico