Rep. Congressman, Duncan Hunter, from California, a.k.a. The Vaping Congressman, spent $1,302 on Steam Games from October 13 to December 16 according to the filing, a “personal expense — to be paid back.” According to year-end financial disclosure.
The Federal Election Commission submitted a letter to Hunter’s campaign treasurer on Monday asking for further explanation.
The letter also raised questions about a payment of $1,650 in September to Christian Unified Schools of El Cajon, which Hunter’s spokesman, Joe Kasper, said was a donation misidentified as a personal expense.
Multiple transactions made on credit card by his son
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, Joe Kasper, Congressman Hunter’s spokesman, the congressman’s teenage son used his father’s credit card for one game. Several unauthorized charges resulted after the congressman tried to close access to the website.
Kasper said that Congressman Hunter is trying to have the unauthorized charges reversed before repaying his campaign account.
The Congressman’s Spokesman said,“There won’t be any paying anything back there, pending the outcome of the fraud investigation, depending on how long that takes.”
In 2013, Hunter wrote a passionate op-ed for Politico defending the value of video games against their haters. “With fingers pointing in nearly every direction, video games are often, but wrongly, identified as a catalyst for violence.”
Unfortunately, the year-end disclosures do not identify what games Congressman Hunter was accidentally paying for, or why he (or his son) paid so much for them. The FEC has allowed the congressman time until 9th May to respond.