Aaron Schock Blows $300,000 on Legal Defense As Former Donor Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Him

Former Rep. Aaron Schock has doled out $313,919 to a law firm representing him in the federal investigation into the legality of his campaign expenses, Politico reports:

SchockSchock’s former aides have been called to testify before a grand jury in Springfield, Illinois, about his spending and reimbursement practices. He has also hired Richmond, Virginia-based firm McGuire Woods and a former U.S. attorney for the central district of Illinois to represent him.

Schock also disclosed that he spent $4,000 at the White Elephant Hotel in Nantucket, the Massachusetts vacation enclave and $2,136 at the Langham Hotel in Chicago. Eight days before he announced he resigned, he spent $3,113 on bowls at Tiffany’s and Co. His campaign said they were gifts for donors. The Schock Victory Fund, another one of the Illinois Republican’s political accounts, spent $2,019 at the swank New York Palace in Manhattan on Jan. 8, and $4,699 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on the same day.

In related news, The Daily Beast reports a former donor has filed a class action lawsuit against Schock to prevent the ex-Rep from using campaign funds for his legal defense. 

Comments

  1. Jus sayin says

    Now I’m starting to feel sorry for Aaron.

    Like seeing a mouse dropped into a snake pit, everyone knows it ain’t gonna end well for the mouse.

  2. Hello says

    he spent $3,113 on bowls at Tiffany’s and Co. His campaign said they were gifts for donors.

    a straight man is more likely to send an intern / employee to do such

    a gay man is more likely to go bowl shopping at Tiffany’s

  3. e.c. says

    Dropping money for Tiffany Bowls when you’re resigning in disgrace because of your lavish spending is either the clueless or shameless, take your pick.

  4. CPT_Doom says

    “Dropping money for Tiffany Bowls when you’re resigning in disgrace because of your lavish spending is either the clueless or shameless, take your pick.”

    Or you have a severe shopping addiction.

  5. Fire with fire says

    So they give his campaign PAC’s money and he uses that money to buy those same donors Tiffany gifts. The donation is tax deductible and gifts back to them are tax free.

    Is this the new legal under Citizens United?

  6. Steve Talbert says

    the report didn’t actually say he personally bought the bowls. From what I’ve heard about campaign spending rules, a wide variety of things are allowed. His donors got exactly what they paid for. They’re all rubes. It isn’t like this is a surprise. To say good riddance is being too kind.

  7. j says

    it would be delicious if this empty suit pretty boy ended up in jail –
    with his taste for the nice hotel rooms it would be such poetic justice for him to spend a few years in a cell –
    how badly damaged -even if he does go to jail- is he? – can he still parlay his congressional career to the lucrative world he wants to join? that would be the ultimate punishment for someone this young and with his tastes – to be shut out of that world for good because he is radioactive – what is left for him? i doubt he wants to spend ten minutes living back in rural Illinois-
    poor dear i bet he already misses the high life

  8. jocular says

    Is it too late to donate? And do I get to pick my gift?

    There are absolutely no grounds for a lawsuit. He never hid the fact that he is a Republican. And he was openly anti-gay. That costs.

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