AP: Lawmaker’s Instagram account proves he is utilizing taxpayer cash
Republication Rep. Aaron Schock from Illinois has been spending taxpayer cash on renting personal jets, getting massages and taking his employees to bought out live shows, in accordance with The Related Press. And, get this: AP says it has confirmed all these occasions he rented a personal jet, thanks partially to his Instagram posts. AP extracted location knowledge from his pictures and in contrast it with the data for every flight billed towards his workplace. Present guidelines state that lawmakers can use taxpayer cash to pay for his or her share of the fee for personal flights (different passengers must pay for his or her share), however that was solely accepted in January 2013.
Schock’s workplace allegedly paid $24,000 for simply eight personal flights in 2011 and 2012, again when it was solely authorized to make use of the individuals’s cash for business or federally licensed constitution flights — he would have wanted approval from the Home Ethics Committee for these journeys. The planes he rented, by the best way, are owned by his marketing campaign donors, together with considered one of his good friend’s fancy Italian-made Piaggio twin-engine turboprop. All in all, AP has found that his workplace shouldered the bills for over 12 flights value $forty,000 since 2011.
Along with these personal flights, AP has discovered that Schock is billing his workplace a whopping $18,000 for automotive mileage reimbursement since 2013, one of many highest amongst all lawmakers in Congress. His data additionally present a $1.5 million contribution to the GOP Era Y Fund since he turned a consultant in 2009. The Era Y Fund paid for $24,000 value of tickets Schock purchased, together with ones for a bought-out Katy Perry live performance he attended together with his interns in June 2014. A type of interns even took a leaf out of his ebook, posting “You possibly can’t say no when your boss invitations you. Danced my butt off,” on his Instagram account.
This is not the primary time Schock’s actions are referred to as into query. Again in 2012, he was accused of illegally soliciting cash, and he is usually recognized for main a lavish way of life, even adorning his workplace to look one thing proper out of Downton Abbey.
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