Disgraced Rep. Duncan Hunter Can Receive $1.2+ Million In Congressional Pension

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A congressman who served 11-years admitted to using his campaign account as a personal piggy bank. Indicted and convicted of a felony, he was scheduled to report to federal prison in January of this year but received a pardon by the president before serving any time.

California Rep. Duncan Hunter billed his campaign account for family trips to Hawaii and Italy, round after round of golf, and even for 30 tequila shots (and one steak) for a bachelor party ($462). His kids’ tuition ($6,150) and school lunches ($1,372) were claimed as campaign expenses.

His pet rabbits, Cadbury and Eggbert, flew multiple times across county on the campaign’s dime ($625).


In 2018, Hunter was charged by the feds with misusing more than $250,000 in campaign funds. He pled his way down from a 48-page indictment to just one felony count of fraud.

In December 2019 (after being re-elected), he admitted to converting “more than $150,000 in Campaign funds…for personal use and enjoyment[.]”

In January 2021, Hunter was to start serving 11 months in prison, except that President Donald Trump gave his fellow Republican a pardon for Christmas.

So, naturally, U.S. taxpayers will… pay him a congressional pension that may ultimately cost $1.2+ million.

Hunter was going to get the pension anyway. Whether by design or accident, Congress forgot to include the misuse of campaign funds in its list of 29 disqualifying felonies that prevent members from getting a federal pension.

So, when the 44-year-old convicted, and now-pardoned, politician turns 55, he’ll be eligible to collect approximately $24,200. By the time he’s 81, Hunter likely will have collected $1.2+ million in taxpayer-funded pension payouts.

That’s a guess because pension payouts to members of Congress and federal workers currently are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

Our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com have led the effort to open federal pension records to sunshine. Furthermore, we have twice confirmed that no members of Congress have ever been stripped of their federal pension because of a conviction.

That news might make taxpayers want to hit the tequila shots as well.

The #WasteOfTheDay is presented by the forensic auditors at OpenTheBooks.com.

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