Republicans Caught Spending Campaign Funds On What?

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( – On Monday, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) released two separate reports in which it was found that there is “substantial reason to believe” that two Texas GOP lawmakers had improperly used campaign funds at two social clubs in the state.

In the two reports, it was alleged that Reps. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) and Wesley Hunt (R-Texas) have spent thousands of U.S. dollars in a way that is a violation of ethical standards relating to campaign funds. According to campaign finance laws, campaign funds are not to be used for personal reasons. In the case of the two lawmakers, this would include the fees and dues that were paid to a country club, unless the funds were paid for a specific fundraising event.

The OCE has made an Ethics Committee recommendation calling for a more thorough investigation of these allegations. The panel has already reportedly sent a statement from the chair and ranking members confirming they would review the case.

Both lawmakers have had their attorneys argue that the funds used had not been used for personal but rather for official reasons at the social clubs.

OCE found that Hunt had spent over $74,500 in fees, meals, and services during his Hunt for Congress campaign. All the funds had been spent between April 2022 and January 2024 at the Post Oak Room, a private social club in Houston.

Hunt as well as other members of his circle refused to have an interview with the OCE regarding this. Hunt’s counsel Chris Gober sent an address to the Ethics Committee in which he claimed that his client had never used his membership at the club for any personal reasons and that as Hunt does not maintain a campaign office, the membership costs are a better way of using the campaign funds.

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