Ah, leave it to Fox News to try to pour cold water on reports that Aaron Schock took money from his campaign for all sorts of personal stuff.
First, the report talks about stuff that’s easy to deny:
According to a statement from Schock’s office, Schock paid for the DVD “personally” on his American Express card. It was “mistakenly” reported to the Federal Election Commission in July 2010, but was corrected days later.
“So that was corrected 20 months ago. The campaign never paid for the P90X DVD,” the statement said.
The next to the last paragraph is where the juicy news is located:
A spokesman acknowledged the hotel stay in Athens was a “mistake” which the congressman has since reimbursed the campaign for. “It was a credit card receipt that was included with a stack of other legitimate campaign expenses. That receipt should not have been mixed in with his campaign receipts for that month,” the spokesman said.
He continued: “Except for the charge for his hotel in Greece, the expenses are all reasonable expenses directly related to either campaign expenditures or fundraising costs.”
So in order to reimburse the campaign for the Greece hotel, the campaign had to PAY for the stay in the Greece hotel. Doesn’t his campaign have ANYBODY who looks over receipts that are submitted for reimbursement? Is there no one on his campaign who says “hey, waitaminute?”
One would think Steve Shearer, Schock’s campaign guru, would have something to do with that. But Shearer has represented clients before who had horrible campaign spending problems problems.