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OCE Report Regarding Rep. Duncan D. Hunter

Mar 23, 2017
Investigations

OCE Report Regarding Rep. Duncan D. Hunter

On August 31, 2016, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Duncan D. Hunter.

Nature of the Review

Representative Duncan D. Hunter’s congressional campaign committee, Duncan D. Hunter for Congress, reported expenditures that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes. Rep. Hunter may have converted tens of thousands of dollars of campaign funds from his congressional campaign committee to personal use to pay for family travel, flights, utilities, health care, school uniforms and tuition, jewelry, groceries, and other goods, services, and expenses. If Rep. Hunter converted funds from his congressional campaign committee for personal use, then he may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegations concerning Rep. Hunter because there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Hunter converted campaign funds to personal use to pay expenses that were not legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes.

Committee Action

On March 23, 2017, the Committee on Ethics released the OCE report regarding Rep. Hunter, but not the findings. The Committee released a statement indicating the Department of Justice had asked the Committee to defer consideration of this matter and the Committee, following precedent, unanimously voted to defer consideration of this matter at that time. 

On March 23, 2018, the Commitee on Ethics released a statement indicating it was continuing to defer consideration of the matter. At least annually, the Committee will make a public statement if it continues to defer taking action on the matter, the statement said. The OCE's findings will be released eventually.