GOP’s Schock betrayed by Instagram pics as AP finds donors funding his awesome social life
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) spent taxpayer and campaign funds on private plane flights, massages, and pop music concerts, according to a new report.
The Associated Press reported Monday that the rising GOP star – who has already come fire under for his lavish “Downton Abbey”-styled congressional office – used campaign donations for at least $75,000 in questionable expenses.
Reporters Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun used location data from the 33-year-old Schock’s frequently updated Instagram account to cross-reference with travel and other reports filed by his office.
They found that a Schock PAC called GOP Generation Y billed more than $24,000 over the past four years on concerts, including country music events and performances by Jay-Z and Katy Perry, and fundraisers held at breweries.
His office also paid $1,400 to a massage parlor in October, and the AP reported that Schock spent more than $40,000 of donors’ money for private airfare.
Lawmakers are allowed to use office funds for private flights if they cover their share of the costs.
A House Ethics Committee investigation remains open into whether Schock violated House rules by soliciting campaign contributions for Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) during a 2012 primary.
“Haters are gonna hate,” Schock said, quoting pop singer Taylor Swift, after the “Downton Abbey” story broke last month.