Rep. Hunter says he has halted campaign payments to wife

Among the many issues raised by constituents at the March 11 town hall by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, was his campaign’s payments to his wife, Margaret Hunter, for consulting work.

“She’s not being paid now,” Hunter told a constituent, Richard Nyles of Santee, who asked about her longtime employment as Hunter’s campaign manager. “But she was, and she was getting $3,000 a month.”

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BunnyPAC Hopes to Thump Duncan Hunter on Rabbitgate

A political action committee is relying on a rabbit to help California Rep. Duncan Hunter hop out of Congress.TI_markup006_091416.jpg

BunnyPAC was started by Shawn VanDiver, a Navy veteran who runs his own consulting firm in San Diego. It is rooted in allegations that Hunter used campaign money for personal expenses, including paying for airline fare for the family’s pet rabbit.

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A giant rabbit with a political committee wants to bug Rep. Hunter

Rep. Duncan Hunter, get ready to meet Duncan Thumper, a giant rabbit.

With two cute ears, a pair of beady eyes and a little white tail, Thumper is the anthropomorphic personification of Hunter’s pet rabbit, the one that took a cross-country flight paid for by the congressman’s political campaign.

Thumper, it turns out, is really into politics. The rabbits likes voter registration more than carrots, shaking hands (paws?) with voters more than hopping. And more than anything else, Thumper likes talking about the campaign finance scandal that has hounded Hunter for the last year.

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What is Rep Duncan Hunter up to on the world wide web?

On March 28, 265 members of Congress voted to repeal a set of Obama-era privacy rules that would have stopped internet service providers (ISPs) from selling your browsing data to advertisers without your consent. Popular arguments against this rule change include “protecting privacy” and “respecting consumers.” Popular arguments for it are harder to come by, but they may include “I receive donations from major ISPs,” or “I would like to make lots of money lobbying for ISPs after I am out of Congress.” Duncan Hunter, “the vaping congressman” and also the under-investigation-for-campaign-finance-fraud congressman, was among those apparently more persuaded by the latter arguments.

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GOP rep denies allegations of improperly using campaign funds

bunnypac-fb-profile-360px.pngRep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is denying allegations of misusing campaign funds for personal expenses.

Hunter, who is currently under criminal investigation by the Justice Department, told Politico that he may not have been "attentive enough" to his campaign finances, but insisted that he is not responsible.

"I was not involved in any criminal action," Hunter said. "Maybe I wasn't attentive enough to my campaign. That's not a crime."

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Hunter: 'I was not involved in any criminal action'

bunnypac-fb-profile-360px.pngCalifornia GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter — under criminal investigation by the Justice Department over alleged campaign violations — insists he did nothing wrong.

Hunter won't say who is responsible for tens of thousands of dollars in campaign charges for personal expenses, but he says it wasn't him and he's broken no laws.

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DOJ Taking Over Duncan Hunter Investigation from House Committee May be Bad Sign for Congressman

The U.S. Department of Justice is officially investigating Congressman Duncan Hunter to see if he violated campaign finance rules.

Last week the DOJ asked the House Ethics Committee to suspend its investigation and let them take over.

Shawn Van Diver of the Truman National Security Project believes that move by the DOJ could signal bad news for Hunter.

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Duncan Hunter Under Criminal Investigation for Ethics Violations

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into a California congressman who faces allegations that he spent tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds on family trips to Hawaii and Italy, private school tuition and dance competitions for his children, and even video games, officials disclosed Thursday.

Representative Duncan D. Hunter, a Republican from San Diego who was considered for several top national security posts in President Trump’s administration, became the latest in a string of at least eight current or former members of Congress to face criminal investigations over ethics issues in the last several years.

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GOP Rep. Hunter under criminal campaign finance investigation

bunnypac-fb-profile-360px.pngThe Justice Department is investigating Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), the House Ethics Committee revealed in a statement on Thursday.

The ethics panel was reviewing alleged campaign finance violations by Hunter but has halted that work at the request of the Justice Department, the panel said. 

“The Department of Justice has asked the Committee to defer consideration of this matter and the Committee, following precedent, unanimously voted on March 22, 2017, to defer consideration of this matter at this time,” the House Ethics Committee in a statement.

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Congressman spent campaign funds on rabbit air travel

hunter.jpgRep. Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to pay for $600 of airline fees to fly a pet rabbit, one of the more colorful expenses to surface in an ongoing review of his practices.

Hunter’s staff told the Press-Enterprise newspaper that the House Office of Congressional Ethics questioned the bunny expenses — offered as an example of over-reach by the agency.

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