The House Ethics Committee released its report of its investigation into alleged misuse of campaign funds from Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), who pleaded guilty last week and announced he will resign from Congress "after the holidays." Some of the expenses aren't exactly shocking — for example, a $9,200 trip to Italy sounds like your standard ethics violation. But he also used the funds for some stranger, smaller-scale purchases. Here are three that stood out:
1. A galaxy far, far away — Hunter's campaign committee reported two disbursements from 2015 totaling $229.44 for what was described as food and drink at Star Trader, which is a store at Disneyland selling Star Wars-themed merchandise. The committee noted that it was unlikely that all that money was spent on sustenance (though maybe he really enjoys blue milk), and any other purchases likely weren't a good use of campaign cash.
From the OCE report on Duncan Hunter. "...it was unlikely that any Star Wars-themed items purchased were legitimate campaign expenses."
2. Pay-per-view — Hunter apparently didn't want to miss out on any entertainment. The report found that the congressman used more than $3,100 to pay for cable, internet, NFL Red Zone, and pay-per-view UFC fights and movies. It's not clear if any of the Star Wars films were included.
Duncan Hunter used over $3,100 in campaign money on cable and internet service, including UFC fights, NFL Red Zone, and various pay-per-view movies, according to the OCE report.
3. Flying rabbits — Last, but not least, Hunter was found to have spent $625 to fly his pet rabbit, Cadbury, around. Apparently, Hunter didn't enjoy his time away from Cadbury — the rabbit was kept in Hunter's congressional office and would accompany him and his children on their travels. Tim O'Donnell
Former Staffer A explained that the rabbit “was an office pet that Duncan had brought back with him from San Diego” and that it had a cage in the congressional office. The rabbit accompanied Rep. Hunter and his children on flights at the campaign committee’s expense.