Congressman questioned over spending $1,300 in campaign funds on Steam

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 6 April 2016 14:47 GMT

California Congressman Duncan Hunter (R) is being questioned by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over using campaign funds to buy $1,302 worth of games on Steam.


Known by many as the “vaping Congressman” due to getting his electronic smoke on during a session, Hunter claims his campaign’s credit card was used by his teenage son to purchase one game. After the game was purchased, he claims several unauthorized charges were made to the card.

Hunter said he is trying to get the unauthorized charges reversed before repaying his campaign account. The charges were listed on his 2015 financial breakdown as “personal expenses to be paid back.”

Whether the 68 different charges made from October 13 – December 16 were the result of the Steam account being hacked wasn’t noted, but it appears that way.

The Congressman’s spokesman, Joe Kasper, said these charges will not be paid back to the campaign fund “pending the outcome of the fraud investigation,” according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Campaign funds are not to be used for personal expenses, however, many politicians or those running for office will dip into the fund. While the US House Ethics Committee frowns upon such matters, as long as the funds are paid back, the FEC won’t come down on them like the wolf on the fold – as is the case here.

As the SDUT notes, Hunter has defended violent video games in the past after mass shootings pointed the finger at the medium. Via an opinion piece in Politico, he said the problem with regulating games conveyed “an image that America’s youth are incapable of discerning right from wrong, which simply is not true.”

Hunter said it’s parents’ obligation to curb violence in their children as “targeting video games as the problem is nothing more than a distraction from the broader challenges presented by improper parenting and far more obvious triggers of violence.”

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