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Rep. Aaron Schock Faces More Questions on Lavish Spending

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By    |   Monday, 09 Mar 2015 10:03 PM

Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock —  under fire for campaign and taxpayer fund spending —  now reportedly faces new questions about a more than $3,000 splurge on a football game and trip to his district that he documented as a software expense.

Keith Siilats, the chief technology officer of Bytelogics, told Politico the $3,425 the Schock Victory Fund reported spending with Bytelogics was part of the cost for a ride on his airplane to a Chicago Bears game last Nov. 14.

"This is for a flight,” Siilats told Politico, adding: "No, I never sold him software."

Siilats said the payment was a deposit for a trip on the private plane to Peoria, Ill., and Chicago for official events and a Bears game.

"It’s the same flight where we billed him for the $10,000 he disclosed," Siilats told Politico. "It was a good deal for him and a good deal for me."

"The total flight time was — it went longer that day when we flew," he added. "The $3,000 was a deposit, and then the $10,000 was the final bill. So the total bill was $13,000."

Schock reimbursed the government roughly $10,000 for that flight, Politico reports. The additional $3,425, which Schock labeled as a software purchase, came out of the Schock Victory Fund, a joint fundraising account, Politico reports.

"Knowing and willful” violations of federal election statutes — including reporting violations — can result in criminal charges, Politico reports.

Schock has allegedly spent thousands of campaign dollars on pricey hotels and chartered private airplanes using taxpayer money, and even had to pay back $40,000 for redecorating his office to look like the set of the PBS show "Downton Abbey."

Schock has launched an internal investigation, and last week said he will probably be filing "clarifying amendments" after the review is complete, Politico reports.

Meanwhile, Schock could be facing some political problems as well.

According to the Journal Star in Peoria, Ill., lawyer Mark Zalcman is planning to seek the GOP nomination for the 18th Congressional District seat Schock now holds.

Zalcman made a bid in the 2014 Republican primary for the state House seat long held by Republican Rep. David Leitch, but was removed from the ballot before the election following a challenge that determined he didn't have enough valid signatures on his candidate petitions.

“A little more time and a few more signatures are all we needed last time," Zalcman said in a statement Monday, the newspaper reports. "This time around we have plenty of time and a lot more experience, so getting (1,000) or so signatures required for this office is going to be no problem at all. This time the voters will decide, not the State Board of Elections.”


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Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock - under fire for campaign and taxpayer fund spending - now reportedly faces new questions about a more than $3,000 splurge on a football game and trip to his district that he documented as a software expense. Keith Siilats, the chief...
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