He’s received a candy tooth — and his donors are footing the invoice.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), thought of a viable GOP presidential candidate in 2024, charged a Halloween ransom in junk food to his Senate campaign in March 2020, after a family jaunt along with his spouse and two younger boys to Common Studios theme park in Orlando, FEC records present.
The $197 in prices included: $16.87 at Voodoo Doughnut, $8.83 at Seuss Popcorn, $15.63 at Lard Lad, $13.83 at Lagoon Popcorn, $31.38 at Hopping Pot, $30.41 at Bumblebee Taco, and $80.04 at Margaritaville.
The binge raised the eyebrows of campaign finance specialists who stated campaign funds are strictly prohibited for any private use by the Federal Election Fee.
“It seems to not be a authorized use of campaign funds,” Ann Ravel, a former Obama-appointed chairwoman of the FEC, instructed The Submit.
Ravel, a Democrat, served on the fee from 2013 to 2017 and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.
Larry Sabato, a College of Virginia political scientist, agreed.
“It does warrant some scrutiny,” Sabato instructed The Submit.
Hawley was in Orlando to take part in a family-friendly lobbyist retreat with fellow Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt’s Rely on Your Perception’s PAC, which dropped $4,680.65 on entry tickets for admission to the theme park — which included the Hawley family. Attendees stayed on the Loews Portofino Bay Resort on website.
Private use violations are not any joke. Simply final 12 months GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter was pressured to resign over the problem after pleading responsible to utilizing greater than $150,000 campaign funds for each small gadgets like quick food and film tickets and big-ticket purchases like luxurious accommodations and flights for their family’s pet rabbits. Hunter and his spouse repaid greater than $60,000 in bills, and he was later pardoned by President Trump.
Hawley, a 41-year-old freshman from Missouri, has grow to be one of many Senate’s most distinguished voices in opposition to Huge Tech censorship — however in current days his star has dimmed after he confronted accusations of serving to to incite the lethal Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. There have been protests in his residence state demanding his resignation.
“The bills have been reimbursed on Jan. 30,” Hawley’s workplace stated after being contacted by The Submit this week. “This was a visit for the respective Management PACs of Senators Hawley and Blunt. The occasion is designed particularly for households to attend. Friends are inspired to deliver their youngsters and Sen. Blunt has been internet hosting it for numerous years.”