(Editor’s Note: This article is taken directly from https//duncanhunter.com. Also a reminder that Hunter was one of 265 mainly Republicans who voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule in March 2017 opening the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans.
The only people who wanted this were the people who were going to make lots of money from it. Hint: They work for companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T. Incidentally, these people and their companies routinely give lots of money to members of Congress.
As a result of Hunter’s vote, his online behavior as ‘uberjaeger’ troll was revealed in this story ‘Duncan Hunter aka ‘uberjaeger’ trolls web .’)
Duncan Hunter is a man on the brink. He’s a perfect example of how big responsibilities can make people do things they regret, how the big banks can grind someone down with debt, and how any man or woman can be driven to break the law. Duncan Hunter needs a break.
Duncan Hunter has had a lot of debt for a long time, so much in fact, that he and his wife Margaret were overdrawn on their bank account well over a thousand times, resulting in $37,761 in overdraft fees. They were living on the edge, using credit cards to pay for everything and racking up finance charges to the tune of $24,600.
Add to that Duncan Hunter’s responsibilities to the voters, and you’ve got one deeply indebted, stressed-out guy living beyond his means on a government salary. It’s a recipe for disaster. Faced with such stresses, being handed campaign money in the hundreds of thousands of dollars was just too much. Poor Duncan! Who would not be tempted by such a bounty?
Once Poor Duncan saw the cash rolling into his campaign, he took full advantage. At first, it was his wife who illegally spent campaign money on personal items, like Punky Brewster memorabilia. This feels pretty telling, as Punky Brewster was a kid dealing with the stress of not having any friends, and trying to fit in with her adopted family.
Soon, Duncan was no longer Poor Duncan. At last, he was Dapper Duncan!
Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all Duncan!
He and his wife were both dipping into campaign funds for things like swanky golf outings, Apple laptops for personal use, and even video games. These are the purchases of people who aren’t criminals, they just really need to relax. When Duncan caught his campaign workers trying to keep records of how the money was being spent, he was understandably upset that they didn’t grasp how much he needed those golf trips. Those golf trips were essential to his mental health.
All in all, Duncan and Margaret stole over a quarter of a million dollars from his campaign, money Duncan’s supporters gave him so he could get re-elected and represent them. Instead, that money went to concert tickets, beers at the racetrack and ski trips. Faced with the choice between using campaign funds to buy either www.DuncanHunter.com or some (no doubt very tasteful) Hawaiian shorts for himself, Duncan chose the shorts.
Is it Dapper Duncan’s fault that he has great taste? No! Is it his fault that, unlike most of his Republican colleagues, he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth? Of course not! Therefore, it can hardly be his fault that he had to embezzle from his own supporters to buy himself that silver spoon. Scraping by on a paltry $174,000 salary when half your caucus has a private jet is, like, super embarrassing. He’s just trying to fit in with the cool kids.
Similarly, we can’t really blame dear Dunkie for allegedly spending many thousands of embezzled dollars on extramarital dalliances. By involving his wife in some of his crimes, Duncan put his marriage under quite a strain, and during such a difficult period, who hasn’t looked outside the confines of their marriage for comfort once or twice or, OK, at least five times in this particular case? Let he who has not stolen campaign funds to take a mistress on that ski trip we mentioned earlier while bringing other mistresses to a variety of various swanky hotels throw the first stone!
Some might say that infidelity on this scale is a pretty shabby way to treat one’s family, but Margaret probably didn’t even notice; after all, she was very busy spending the salary that Duncan was illegally paying her out of campaign funds in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. Meanwhile, his constituents and supporters couldn’t possibly have been bothered, because Duncan assured them that he was a committed family man and living the Christian values that he preached. What they didn’t know, didn’t hurt them, even if they were paying for it… right?
Alas for Darling Duncan, the sneaky mainstream media soon spoiled his necessary stress relief, and were very unforgiving when he explained that his wife “handled my finances.” Many of his Republican colleagues expressed their disgust to see him immediately blame his wife for their years of joint criminality, but these sentiments are misplaced. Duncan only threw Margaret under the bus because he thought it was too cramped and dark under there for prosecutors to follow her!
We can’t blame Duncan Hunter for his egregious crimes. He’s just overworked, overstressed, and the ways he relaxes are really darn expensive. The man needs a vacation! He’s already been kicked off the Armed Services Committee even though he hides that from his constituents. And while the Department of Justice may soon provide him with free room and board at one of California’s fine correctional institutions, he can’t wait that long; Duncan needs a break now. Fortunately, there’s an opportunity coming soon for the good people of California’s 50th District to vote for his opponent, and let Duncan Hunter enjoy the retirement that his supporters have, quite unwittingly, already paid for.
Dear undecided voters of the 50th District,
Why read all 47 pages of your Congressman’s indictment?
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PAGE 7 Beginning as early as December 2009 and continuing up to and including at least the end of 2016, within the Southern District of California and elsewhere, Defendants DUNCAN D. HUNTER and MARGARET E. HUNTER knowingly conspired with each other to commit offenses against the United States
PAGE 11 The HUNTERS agreed to repay the Campaign … only when, and if … the news media or DUNCAN HUNTER’s constituents requested explanations for expenditures that appeared to be personal on their face
PAGE 6 “Individual 14” “Individual 15” “Individual 16” “Individual 17” and “Individual 18” lived in the Washington, D.C. area and had personal relationships with DUNCAN HUNTER
PAGE 12 DUNCAN HUNTER spent $351.04 in Campaign funds at Alamo Rent A Car so that he could drive from Reno, Nevada to Lake Tahoe for a personal ski trip with Individual 14
PAGE 16 DUNCAN HUNTER spent $162.02 in Campaign funds for a personal stay at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel with Individual 14
PAGES 13-14 DUNCAN HUNTER spent $41.75 in Campaign funds at 7-Eleven to purchase personal items while also withdrawing $20 in cash from his savings account using an ATM at the 7-Eleven, leaving an account balance of $0.06
PAGE 33 DUNCAN HUNTER spent a total of $114.91 in Campaign funds on drinks at the speakeasy above Acqua Al 2 and an Uber ride while socializing with Individual 15
PAGE 12 DUNCAN HUNTER spent $1,008.72 in Campaign funds at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino for food, drinks, and three nights lodging during a personal ski trip with Individual 14
PAGE 35 On or about October 27 to 28, 2015, in Washington, D.C., DUNCAN HUNTER spent $42.36 in Campaign funds for an Uber ride to and from the home of Individual 17
PAGE 41 At 7:40 a.m., in Washington, D.C., DUNCAN HUNTER spent $32.27 in Campaign funds for an Uber ride from Individual 18’s home to DUNCAN HUNTER’s office
PAGE 30 When DUNCAN HUNTER told MARGARET HUNTER that he was planning “to buy my Hawaii shorts” but had run out of money, she counseled him to buy the shorts at a golf pro shop so that they could falsely describe the purchase later as “some golf balls for the wounded warriors”
PAGE 10 The HUNTERS spent more than $14,000 for a family Thanksgiving vacation in Italy in November 2015; more than $6,500 for a family vacation to Hawaii in April 2015; more than $3,700 for a family vacation to Las Vegas and Boise in July 2015; more than $2,400 for a Las Vegas couples’ vacation in August 2011; and more vacations to destinations such as Lake Tahoe, Pittsburgh, London, and Washington D.C.
PAGE 36 In an attempt to justify the use of Campaign funds to pay for the family’s trip to Italy, DUNCAN HUNTER attempted to set up a day tour of a U.S. naval facility in Italy. After Navy officials responded that they could only provide a tour on a particular date, DUNCAN HUNTER … subsequently told his Chief of Staff, “TELL THE NAVY TO GO FUCK THEMSELVES”
PAGE 14 DUNCAN HUNTER spent $41.04 in Campaign funds to buy a video game at the Apple Store on the same day he used Campaign funds to purchase a $1,199 iMac computer
PAGE 13 DUNCAN HUNTER claimed a $257.40 reimbursement from Campaign funds for driving his car on a 468-mile trip to Virginia Beach with Individual 14, Congressman A, and Congressman A’s date despite the fact that they did not use DUNCAN HUNTER’s car on the trip
PAGE 14 DUNCAN HUNTER spent $164.29 in Campaign funds for, among other things, a round of golf and beer at Riverwalk Golf Club with Individual 1A. When asked by the Treasurer if this expenditure (among several others) was campaign related, DUNCAN HUNTER falsely responded, “Yes sir. All good”
PAGES 8-9 DUNCAN HUNTER facilitated the HUNTERS’ theft of Campaign funds by ignoring his Campaign staffs multiple warnings … and accusing Campaign staff of disloyalty by “trying to create some kind of paper trail on me”
PAGE 10 The HUNTERS concealed and disguised the personal nature of many of their Campaign expenditures by attempting to have the Campaign’s name taken off the official Campaign credit cards
PAGE 18 On or about September 16 to 19, 2011, in Boise, Idaho and elsewhere, the HUNTERS spent an additional $640.05 in Campaign funds for a family vacation centered on a family member’s participation in a dance competition
PAGE 20 $11,375.46 in Campaign funds at Costco primarily to purchase personal items for the HUNTER family, including … clothing
PAGE 13 MARGARET HUNTER spent $307.72 in Campaign funds at Target to purchase a tablecloth … a white duck, two Punky Brewster items … In order to conceal and disguise this illegal charge, MARGARET HUNTER falsely told the Treasurer that it was for “teacher/parent & supporter events”
PAGE 26 MARGARET HUNTER, referring to the new salary she was about to receive, texted DUNCAN HUNTER: “You need the extra money as much as I do”
PAGE 10 The HUNTERS monitored the amount of “cash on hand” that was maintained by the Campaign, and would moderate their theft of Campaign funds when the account was excessively low or depleted
PAGE 9 The HUNTERS discussed how much money was in their family bank accounts in order to determine when it was necessary to purchase certain goods and services with Campaign funds and to withdraw cash from Campaign accounts – discussing, for example, that they withdrew “petty cash all the time with the former Treasurer. It was great”
PAGE 34 On or about September 5, 2015, in El Cajon, California, MARGARET HUNTER spent $235.36 in Campaign funds at Michaels craft store – one of 14 different occasions between 2010 and 2015 that MARGARET HUNTER spent a total of $2,264 in Campaign funds at Michaels
PAGE 36 MARGARET HUNTER spent $835.50 in Campaign funds at Event Tickets for family tickets to see Riverdance at the San Diego Civic Theater
PAGE 29 MARGARET HUNTER told the Treasurer “we really need to up the 1k daily limit to 4 or 5” on the Campaign debit card, but after learning that the bank would not allow this change, the HUNTERS instructed the Treasurer to instead open a credit card account in addition to their debit card
PAGE 36 MARGARET HUNTER falsely told the Treasurer that the various charges related to this vacation “were mostly military/defense meet related” despite emailing a friend that “Italy was amazing .. Truly our best family trip so far. Like that saying if traveling was free you’d never see me again!”
PAGE 42 DUNCAN HUNTER authorized MARGARET HUNTER to continue receiving a salary for purportedly being the Campaign Manager. All in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371
PAGE 14 MARGARET HUNTER spent $704 in Campaign funds at the Old Globe Theatre for seven adult and five children’s tickets to the play, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
PAGE 24 On or about June 17, 2013, in El Cajon, California, DUNCAN HUNTER spent $163.53 in Campaign funds at Best Buy to purchase a pair of sports headphones for his personal use. At this time, the HUNTER family bank account had a negative balance and incurred three insufficient funds fees (totaling $102)
PAGE 38 On or about March 4, 2016, at 11:52 p.m., in Washington, D.C., DUNCAN HUNTER spent $354.25 in Campaign funds for drinks at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon while entertaining his brother at a bachelor party for Individual 8
PAGE 21 On or about June 9, 2012, the HUNTERS spent $1,276.80 in Campaign funds at United Airlines to fly MARGARET HUNTER’s sister and two other family members from San Diego to New Orleans. In response to whether the charges were campaign related, DUNCAN HUNTER falsely responded, “All campaign related”
PAGE 34 On or about August 17, 2015, MARGARET HUNTER spent $152.25 in Campaign funds at Nordstrom to make an online purchase of cosmetics. To conceal and disguise this illegal charge, she falsely told the Treasurer that the charge was for “gift basket items Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego”
PAGE 15 On or about December 22, 2010, after the Treasurer again warned the HUNTERS that “campaign funds may not be used for a leisure outing” even if campaign business is occasionally discussed, MARGARET HUNTER told the Treasurer that she refused to provide the names of individuals she allegedly took out for meals with Campaign funds because “that’s silly”
PAGE 16 On or about March 15, 2011, DUNCAN HUNTER, when asked by his Treasurer to confirm that his credit card charges for the prior month were all Campaign related, responded, “Of course they are all campaign. Why else would I charge them to the campaign card”
PAGE 28 To conceal and disguise his illegal activity, DUNCAN HUNTER misled his Chief of Staff by describing his regular golf outing with Individual 1A as “a Christian thing” with a supporter
PAGE 42 Beginning as early as December 2009 and continuing up through and including the end of 2016, within the Southern District of California and elsewhere, Defendants DUNCAN HUNTER and MARGARET HUNTER, knowingly and with the intent to defraud, devised a material scheme to defraud the Campaign and to obtain money and property from it by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises, and by intentional concealment and omission of material facts
PAGES 23-24 On or about December 19, 2012, after reassuring the Chief of Staff in the morning that she would rein in her campaign spending and vowing that “as of now, I am done with any donation item purchases related to the campaign,” MARGARET HUNTER spent Campaign funds at World Market ($155.66, allegedly for “holiday basket gift items”) and Barnes & Noble ($359.57, allegedly for “items for multiple toy drives/children’s hospital book drive”)
PAGE 27 On or about July 9, 2014, the HUNTERS spent $250 in Campaign funds at United Airlines to fly a family pet to Washington, D.C. for a family vacation
PAGE 19 To conceal and disguise the illegal transaction, MARGARET HUNTER falsely told the Treasurer that she “bought Target gift card donation to church family.” She later changed her story and falsely claimed the charge was for “Applebee’s Restaurant – Republican Women”
PAGE 41 On or about August 4, 2016, in Palm Springs, California, DUNCAN HUNTER spent $592.63 in Campaign funds at LG’s Prime Steakhouse for dinner during a personal golfing weekend with Individual 1A, Individual 11, and Individual 12
PAGE 38 On or about March 4, 2016, in Washington, D.C., DUNCAN HUNTER spent $462.46 in Campaign funds for 30 shots of tequila and one steak at El Tamarindo restaurant during Individual 8’s bachelor party
PAGE 32 On or about July 19, 2015, in Alpine, California, DUNCAN HUNTER withdrew $300 in Campaign funds from an ATM before heading to the Del Mar Racetrack with Individuals 1A and 1B – one of approximately 26 occasions in 2015 and 2016 that DUNCAN HUNTER and MARGARET HUNTER withdrew a total of more than $4,800 in cash from the Campaign’s accounts for primarily personal use
PAGE 27 On or about June 28, 2014, in Laguna Beach, California, the HUNTERS spent $1,163.68 in Campaign funds at the Montage Resort for food and drinks with Individuals 1A and 1B, which the HUNTERS promised would be “our treat” because their lodging would be provided free by the hotel. At that time, the HUNTER family bank account had a negative balance and, during the preceding week, had incurred four separate insufficient funds fees, four separate returned item fees, and one overdraft fee (totaling $287)
PAGE 27 On or about July 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C., DUNCAN HUNTER declined Individual 2A’s offer to pay for HUNTER’s Uber ride to his house, which Individual 2A had extended in order to help HUNTER “keep some of those \ [personal Uber charges] off of your \ [Campaign] account.” Instead, that same day, DUNCAN HUNTER spent $7.28 in Campaign funds for an Uber ride to Individual 2A’s house – one of approximately 43 different dates between 2013 and 2016 that DUNCAN HUNTER spent a total of $990.60 in Campaign funds on Uber rides to socialize with his friends – including Individual 2A, Individual 2B, Individual 5, and Individual 15 – and for other personal outings
PAGE 8 The goal of the conspiracy was for DUNCAN HUNTER and MARGARET HUNTER to enrich themselves, and others at their direction, by converting Campaign funds for their own personal benefit and enjoyment, and for the personal benefit of others with whom the HUNTERS had personal relationships