An alert reader sent me this link to the May 1 Washington Post, with further details about Aaron Schock’s cmapaign spending habits. Here is an exerpt:
CREW says the group first flagged Schock’s champagne tastes while scouring House members’ financials for a report titled “Family Affair.” In that analysis, they noted that Schock had used campaign funds for a fancy hotel stay in Greece (he later repaid the campaign) and for DVDs of the P90X fitness routine (billed under “healthcare,” by the way).
Other purchases included:
●$5,522 on what the campaign called “office equipment” from Euro Trash, an Illinois-based antique-import and design business whose must-see Web site (dig the massive chandeliers and to-die-for European antiques) declares that “everyone can and should live well.” Shearer, though, said the campaign purchased used office furniture, not antiques.
●$1,565 in “travel expenses” from “J Bondi Inc.” in Beverly Hills. Shearer says this was for concert tickets (that company, CREW says, appears to be a holding company owned byElton John).
●$859 on “gifts” from Storks Snapshots ($407) and the Bare Belly Boutique ($452), upscale maternity boutiques in Illinois. We’re still awaiting an explanation from Shearer on that one.
Campaign finance lawyer Brett Kappel says Schock’s spending is a bit, well, schocking, particularly for such a junior legislator. “It seems he has expensive tastes — or excessive ambition,” Kappel says.
MY TWO CENTS: The Peoria Journal Star, as I predicted, finally got around to running a story about this Schock spending scandal, along with a blurb about the most recent Schock campaign fundraising kerfuffle, in today’s Word on the Street column. It seems set in stone now. Whatever Schock does or is accused of doing, you will read about it ONLY on Monday morning. Unless of course, Schock gives a speech locally or shovels some dirt at a ground breaking. Then it’s vitally important breaking news. Given the Journal Star’s weird habit of holding scandals until Monday, we won’t read about these week-old revelations about Schock’s spending habits for another full week. That is, if they decide to run than at all. And I say “weird” because it is. Most normal newspapers love to get the news in the paper as soon as they find out about it. The Journal Star, well, waits a week. Like I said, weird. I’d like to blame GateHouse Media for this weird habit, but they were doing it this way for years before they took over.