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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. 


Aaron Schock Compares Himself to Lincoln, Says 'This Is The Beginning of a New Chapter' In Farewell Speech: WATCH

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Delivering his farewell address to Congress today, Rep. Aaron Schock praised the GOP majority in the House, compared himself to Abraham Lincoln, reflected back on his six years on the Hill, apologized to those he "let down," and, like Conchita Wurst herself, promised to rise from the ashes like a phoenix.

Okay, maybe not that last one. But he did end his speech saying this was the "beginning of a new chapter" for him.

Hopefully it'll be a more open and honest chapter. 

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Watch Schock's farewell message, AFTER THE JUMP...

TIME magazine notes Shock delivered his farewell address the same day Downton Abbey announced it would be coming to an end after this upcoming sixth season. Doubtless the Dowager Countess would be pleased.

Schock officially resigns from the House on March 31, according to C-SPAN.

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Bill Maher Makes A Gay Joke About Aaron Schock's Resignation: VIDEO

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On last night's Real Time opening monologue, host Bill Maher addressed Aaron Schock's resignation, the Downton Abbey inspired office decor, and a rumor Maher heard about the Illinois congressman's extracurricular interests.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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FBI, Feds Launch Investigation Into Whether Aaron Schock's Spending Habits Broke the Law

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A federal investigation into the legality of Rep. Aaron Schock's campaign expenses is underway, CNN reports:

Schock in recent days announced plans to resign, citing controversy surrounding allegations that he improperly accounted for travel and other contributions from donors and reimbursements for campaign use of a personal car. But the probe managed by prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's office in Springfield, Ill., means his legal troubles are just beginning.

The FBI has now begun delivering subpoenas seeking testimony before a grand jury in Springfield, Ill.

LinkThe reimbursement discrepancy for Schock's personal car was first brought to light by POLITICO earlier this week. Schock reportedly billed the federal government 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014, despite selling the car in July 2014 with only around 80,000 miles on the odometer. 

A separate incident that raised eyebrows was Schock bringing along his travel companion/photographer Jonathon Link (right) on an official trip to India paid for by a private advocacy organization. House rules, however, state that members can only accept private money for a companion's travel expenses if the companion is a staffer, spouse or child.

Earlier today, we reported that Meghan McCain called Schock's "flaming out" of Congress as a betrayal to young Republicans.  


Meghan McCain Describes Aaron Schock's 'Flaming Out' of Congress As A Betrayal To Young Republicans

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Much like Icarus, Aaron Schock flew too close to the sun. So close that his fabulous wings--spun from taxpayer dollars--melted away, leaving the former Illinois representative with no choice but to fall back down to Earth. Unlike Icarus, who plunged into the sea that now bears his name, Schock has quickly become a cautionary tale that Democrats and Republicans alike point to as an example of the ruin that economic foibles can bring upon a public official’s career.  

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In a rather scathing op-ed for TIME magazine, Meghan McCain describes the tale of Aaron Schock as an epic “flaming out” that perfectly encapsulates everything society despises about the Millennial generation. Schock, McCain explains, was more than a chiseled set of abs swathed in bold, eye-catching neons. He was a symbol of inspiration and renewed vigor to a new generation of young Republicans hungry for something fresh and new. 

“The specific scandal that led to his resignation exacerbates every negative stereotype that exists about Millennials being the over-indulged, selfie-obsessed, “me-me-me” generation,” wrote McCain. “And now, unluckily enough for us Millennial Republicans out there, our first well-known representative will be best remembered for completely blowing his chance to reform our party simply because he got too caught up riding around in private jets and going to Katy Perry concerts.” 

Schock’s father is confident that his son will rise up from the ashes of his current scandal after being given enough time to lick his wounds. It’s only logical that the Schocks would have such an optimistic outlook on Aaron’s future. After all--being defeatist is very middle class


Barney Frank Doesn't Know If Aaron Schock Is Gay, But Admits He 'Spends An Awful Lot of Time in the Gym'

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Speaking to The Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift this week, former congressman Barney Frank was asked to comment on the "vitriol" directed against anti-LGBT Rep. Aaron Schock in the lead-up to his resignation due to mounting criticism of his lavish spending habits.

Said Frank:

Schock4Here’s the deal, I don’t know if he’s gay or not, but I admit I did say if he’s not gay he spends an awful lot of time in the gym. I don’t know a lot of straight guys who go to the gym and parade around with their shirts off. Generally gay men do that to attract other men. There is a principle that I take credit for enunciating a long time ago: There is a right to privacy but not a right to hypocrisy. You have every right to privacy but you do not have a right to go into public office or any other office and enforce rules that are against your own behavior. During Prohibition the media would hide the fact that prohibitioners were drinkers. What I would say to people is, if a leading anti-abortionist had an abortion, you’d write about it. If Sarah Brady owned an Uzi, you’d write about it—especially now. Maybe 40 years ago—coming out, what a terrible thing. But there is no justification now if you’re gay punishing other gay people for what you’re doing. I don’t know if he is, but that’s the basis for the anger.

Frank went on to say that being an openly gay politician in the Republican Party is "still very, very difficult."

Check out the full interview HERE


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