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REPORT: Rep. Aaron Schock Used Campaign Cash For Lavish Vacations

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), the "hottie" Congressman, is at the top of a list of federal politicians who used campaign donations to reimburse himself for lavish vacations around the world.
Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report Friday claiming that a Republican Illinois congressman misused campaign funds for lavish hotels, cash reimbursements for his mother and even exercise programs and equipment. CREW's analysis found that 110 representatives have reimbursed themselves and 69 have reimbursed family members with campaign funding from the 2008 and 2011 election cycles.

Illinois' Rep. Aaron Schock falls squarely in both camps, and was the only legislator from the state to make the top five list of politicians who reimbursed the most money with a $154,466 in payouts from his campaign coffers. According to CREW, that money covered expenses including nearly $50,000 for Schock's own travel, meals and miscellaneous spending during the 2008 election cycle, and more than double that in 2010, including stays at five-star hotels in Athens, Greece and Miami.
Perhaps most notably, Schock reimbursed himself for the cost of a personal training program, an item he specifically opposed for inclusion in the Affordable Care Act.

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