CONTACT: Jordan Libowitz
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Washington — Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement on the indictment of Congressman Duncan Hunter:
“Congressman Hunter and his wife have shown a blatant disregard for the law and for the people who contributed to his campaign, spending a quarter of a million dollars from his campaign for his personal benefit. When CREW filed multiple complaints against Congressman Hunter for spending campaign funds for personal use in 2016, we believed he was violating the law but had no idea of the systematic and deceitful lengths to which he and his wife had gone. We are glad to see Congressman Hunter will finally be forced to face the consequences for executing one of the most breathtaking and egregious Congressional spending scandals in recent history. Today the Justice Department is sending a clear message that you cannot abuse your campaign for your own personal benefit. Given the scale and scope of his misconduct, Congressman Hunter should resign immediately.
The indictment of Congressman Hunter, coming soon after the indictment of Congressman Chris Collins and on the same day as the conviction of the President’s campaign chair and guilty plea of the President’s personal lawyer, is the latest evidence of a crisis of ethics that is gripping Washington. Rigorous enforcement of the law is the first step to restoring trust and ethics to our government.”