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Pyperkub wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:12 pm
Duncan Hunter's wife flipped:
Lowering the Bar
Now, Hunter’s plea agreement does not specifically mention the rabbit. Technically, on paper, he admitted to only two of the alleged overt acts: spending $511 in campaign funds for a “family celebration” in 2011 (#43), and $409 for “a social outing with several of his closest friends” in 2016 (#191). So is it accurate to say that he “pleaded guilty to” the other 198 alleged overt acts? Which, by the way, included but were not limited to:

[Pared list - Isg]
  • $351 to rent a car for a “personal ski trip with Individual 14” (#2);
  • $162 for a night at the Liaison Hotel with Individual 14 (#33);
  • $36 for Uber rides to the residence of Individual 15 (#83);
  • $203 for dinner with a group including Individual 16 (#124);
As for why Hunter changed his position now after denying guilt for so long, the Washington Post notes that his “legal situation” had “become more precarious in recent months.” That’s because wife and co-conspirator Margaret pleaded guilty in June, agreeing as part of the deal to testify against Duncan. Why’d she do that? Well, guilt is one explanation. But her decision was probably made much easier by learning about Individuals 14, 15, and 16 (see above), as well as Individuals 17 and 18, also mentioned in the indictment. Because all of those individuals were female, and none of them were Margaret Hunter.

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He got off lightly, but it's still a Federal Felony he has pled guilty to.
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And no signs of stepping down, because that's the world we live in now.
When asked Wednesday about whether and when he intended to resign, Hunter blew off the question. “Good talk,” Hunter told a POLITICO reporter.

So far, neither Republican nor Democratic leaders have pressured Hunter to leave office, although there is precedent for expelling members who don’t step down following a criminal conviction. Hunter is not scheduled to be sentenced until March 17.

“Our patience is not unlimited,” a top Democratic leadership aide warned.
Amazing. Strongly worded letter to follow, I'd imagine.

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I've become cynical enough to think the Dems probably figure a convicted felon will be easier to run against than whomever else might run on the Rep ticket in his place.
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It is shameful but that is the GOP. Especially shameful since he is likely dragging his feet to keep drawing salary. Considering this was a campaign financial issue this is basement level ethics on his part. But again GOP so expected.

It is interesting to note that he was stealing relatively tiny amounts of money...so I dont think it is tough to guess he is very bad at risk/reward decisions. They might need to drag him out depending on how desperate his financial situation actually is. But I think they will well before sentencing.

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Indictment

P. 46-7 - Over $25k per year for the years of 2015 and 2016.

P. 6 - 1,100+ overdraft/NSF fees in seven years, totaling over $37k, and over $24k in interest and fees tied to maxed/overdrawn credit cards.

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Rolling Stone
California Rep. Duncan Hunter has called it quits. Hunter pled to a conspiracy count as part of a plea bargain in a criminal campaign finance case against him on Tuesday. Then on Thursday the embattled representative was stripped of his congressional voting privileges by the House Ethics Committee; he resigned later that same day.

Announcing his resignation, the congressman released a statement, which read, “Shortly after the Holidays I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years.”
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According to 10News in San Diego, the governor of California will call for a special election to fill the congressman’s vacated seat when an exact date of resignation is official.

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The Holidays? OMG, he was a liberal all along!

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Did he release a statement or did he say this while in a vape cloud? I kinda hope it was in the vape cloud. I guess he'll have more time to play those STEAM games he purchased a few years ago.

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AZ GOP running for Congress OD's on Heroin
Chris Taylor, a Safford city councilman who is running for Congress, overdosed on heroin last week and since has suspended his campaign.
On the good news side:
The Wednesday incident was a relapse for Taylor, a combat veteran who has battled opioid addiction since high school.

In a written statement, Taylor said he was seeking treatment and not backing away from what happened.

"Today, I have suspended my campaign for the US House of Representatives and am seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder. I will fully cooperate with local authorities on any matters arising from my recent relapse and overdose," Taylor said in a statement to The Arizona Republic on Monday.

"I’m not going to hide from this. I’m not ashamed of what happened. I wish to sincerely apologize to the amazing people who have supported me. I don’t know what went wrong. I recently relapsed after having so many solid years in sobriety. I have to figure out where I went wrong."
Hope he is successful in battling his demons.
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We haven't mentioned Danielle Stella yet, have we?

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Mississippi:
found that $94 million in total could either not be accounted for or had been spent on questionable purposes, more than 90 percent of what the state has received over the last three years.

The report is part of the largest investigation into misuse of welfare funds in state history and has already resulted in the arrest of the Mississippi Department of Human Services' former head, John Davis, in February.

The money came as part of the federally funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provided state officials $98 million over the last three years to be distributed at officials' discretion to state programs and nonprofit groups supposed to help Mississippi's poor. Nearly all of that money was misused, according to the audit.
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https://www.npr.org/2020/07/21/89349322 ... ery-scheme

FBI agents arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder on Tuesday morning at his rural farm. Householder was taken into custody in connection with a $60 million bribery scheme allegedly involving state officials and associates.

That's gotta hurt.

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Four others were also arrested: former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges, Householder adviser Jeffrey Longstreth, and lobbyists Neil Clark and Juan Cespedes.

The charges are linked to a controversial law passed last year that bailed out two nuclear power plants in the state while gutting subsidies for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The federal complaint describes a years-long bribery campaign to build support for Householder's bid to become House Speaker and then pass the nuclear bailout law with his help. Householder won the Speakership in January 2019, and the bailout passed in July 2019. It went into effect in October.

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Alefroth wrote:
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https://www.npr.org/2020/07/21/89349322 ... ery-scheme

FBI agents arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder on Tuesday morning at his rural farm. Householder was taken into custody in connection with a $60 million bribery scheme allegedly involving state officials and associates.

That's gotta hurt.
Karma, This couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy. I just hope they can grab some of the other un-indicted rats tied into this.
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I agree. However, if past informs us here is how the news clip will go in 2-3 years. Narrator: Today the SCOTUS found that donations from First Energy to former Ohio House Speaker Householder's PAC donations were legitimate political speech and overturned his conviction on...

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malchior wrote:
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I agree. However, if past informs us here is how the news clip will go in 2-3 years. Narrator: Today the SCOTUS found that donations from First Energy to former Ohio House Speaker Householder's PAC donations were legitimate political speech and overturned his conviction on...
The papers are already digging in. Apparently he spent some of the money on a house in Florida. He owed back taxes (surprise) and the house was in disrepair, so he spent a bunch of the money just to keep himself out of legal trouble in Florida.
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Scraper wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:01 am
malchior wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:58 am
I agree. However, if past informs us here is how the news clip will go in 2-3 years. Narrator: Today the SCOTUS found that donations from First Energy to former Ohio House Speaker Householder's PAC donations were legitimate political speech and overturned his conviction on...
The papers are already digging in. Apparently he spent some of the money on a house in Florida. He owed back taxes (surprise) and the house was in disrepair, so he spent a bunch of the money just to keep himself out of legal trouble in Florida.
After Bob McDonnell and BridgeGate I don't even know if that stuff matters anymore. It feels like the only way they'll make this stick is to have a video of him being handed a bag with a dollar sign on it by a guy in a mask who says out loud for no reason...this is for the 'subsidies'.

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