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This Congressman Reportedly Spent $600 to Fly His Rabbit

This Congressman Reportedly Spent $600 to Fly His Rabbit
Ryan Boyd

Following an inquiry from the House Office of Congressional Ethics into his financial practices, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) admitted to using $600 worth of campaign funds to pay for airline fees to transport his family’s pet rabbit. The office’s reach was recently on the block to be gutted as one of the GOP’s first moves as the majority party of the House, but public opposition to the move – citing fear of abuses of power – appears to have stymied the proceedings.

“(The office) has in their report $600 in campaign expenditures for in cabin rabbit transport fees,” said Joe Kasper, a spokesperson for Hunter.

“Since travel is often done on (airline) miles – which is entirely permissible – the credit card connected to the account was charged several times even when his children were flying.”

To read more on this story, go to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

[Photo: Facebook/Congressman Duncan Hunter]

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  1. Sabai

    January 4, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Perhaps it flew in the cabin as the congressman was worried about hare loss?

  2. outoftown

    January 4, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Hmmm, I had thought someone on the previous flight might have spilled their breakfast Cocoa Puffs.

  3. outoftown

    January 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    The flight was a short hop.

    The service animal was because he couldn’t vape while on the plane.

    Good thing Carrot Top wasn’t sitting next to him.

    We know rabbits travel by hareplane.

    The flight attendant misunderstood when I complained about the gray hair in my Woodford Reserve & ginger.

  4. Jon Allen

    January 4, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    And our little girl—Tricia, the 6-year-old—named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, love the rabbit and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we’re gonna keep it.

  5. outoftown

    January 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Kidding aside, Congressman Hunter has repaid United Airlines over $6000 due to misuse of campaign funds. He has claimed his blue credit card looks similar to a personal credit card and is the reason he also used campaign funds for 106 trips to the gas station, totaling $5,660; 16 visits to the fast-food chain Jack In the Box, for $297; 40 stops at various supermarkets like Trader Joe’s, for $6,819; $229 at the Tomorrowland gift shop at Disneyland; $1,569 in gas, electric, and water bills for his home (an illegal expense even though Hunter runs his campaign from his home); and a $216 “food/beverages” charge at a jewelry store in Italy that sells no ingestible goods. He has already repaid $12,000 to his campaign account.

    Note that he voted to scale back the Congressional Ethics Committee.

  6. amanuensis

    amanuensis

    January 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    At least the Congressman didn’t try to get the rabbit flown free by claiming that it was a service animal.

  7. UrbaneGent

    January 16, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I am sure the Congressman purchased a separate seat for the rabbit since the article in the San Diego Union-Tribune stated that miles should have been used. Airlines typically charge $125 to bring an animal on the airplane. Service animals are not subject to the charge.

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