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US Politician Questioned After Campaign Money Goes on Video Games

Whilst Duncan Hunter (representative for San Diego County) has spoken out in defense of the vape in The House of Representatives, he might also be using campaign funds to purchase Steam games (via. GameSpot).

According to San Diego Union-Tribune, The Federal Election Commission is currently questioning Hunter about charges made on 68 different occasions, racking up to over $1000 worth of Steam games; something the representative described as a mistake made by his son. The congressman listed the $1,302 on his 2015 finance disclosure as a “personal expense – to be paid back.”

As reported by GameSpot, the expenses span from October 13 to December 16, with no payback having been made during the reported time period. According to Hunter’s spokesperson, the congressman’s teenage son used his father’s credit card to purchase one game, but “several unauthorised charges” were made thereafter. It was stated that the congressman is trying to reverse these payments before replenishing his campaign account.

On Monday, the FEC sent a letter seeking an explanation for, and reimbursement of the missing funds. Hunter was given until May 9 to respond.

According to The House Ethics Committee website, “Campaign funds are to be used for bona fide campaign or political purposes only. Campaign funds are not to be used to enhance a member’s lifestyle, or to pay a member’s personal obligations… Members have no discretion whatsoever to convert campaign funds to personal use.”

In addition to his support of vaping, Hunter has been known to possess a protective stance on video gaming. His Politico piece on violent video games expressed (via. GameSpot):

“With fingers pointing in nearly every direction, video games are often, but wrongly, identified as a catalyst for violence.

The narrative that children and young adults today stare at television and computer screens, developing lethal skills through first-person gaming experiences, disingenuously portrays video games as having a corrosive influence. The problem with this rationale is that it conveys an image that America’s youth are incapable of discerning right from wrong, which simply is not true.”

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Charlie is a platforming romantic from England, that still speaks in a fashion that died with the Elizabethan era. Having been gaming since the days of Crash Bandicoot, he champions the Playstation, and is only a little bit embarassed that Super Mario Land keeps spelling his defeat.