Congressman Duncan Hunter is being questioned by the Federal Election Commission after it was discovered his credit card used “campaign funds to pay for video games on 68 separate occasions.”
As the San Diego Union-Tribune report, Hunter’s campaign credit card spent $1302 on “Steam Games” last year, noting that they were a “personal expense” that had to be “paid back”. Problem being that there’s no record of them having been paid back yet.
Hunter is blaming his son for the purchases, saying that he used his father’s card to buy one game, “and then several unauthorized charges resulted after the father tried to close access to the website.”
The Congressman is reportedly trying to have the charges reversed. Which should be an interesting test for Steam’s refund policy.
Interestingly, the FEC’s letter on the subject is available for public viewing, and it shows that...well, a lot more than one game was purchased. There are 68 Steam purchases on the record over a two-month period, some minor ($5), but also plenty of bigger ones too, ranging from $50 all the way up to $96.30.
For what it’s worth, Hunter is also this guy. So, yeah.
Here’s a selection of the charges: