U.S. Congressman Pleads Guilty to Spending Campaign Funds on Video Games Through Steam

United States congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA) has pleaded guilty to stealing a large sum of campaign funds.

The congressman stole hundreds of thousands of dollars to support his lavish lifestyle, including the usual expensive resort vacations, grocery bills, plane tickets for their pet rabbits – and even $1302 video games from Valve’s Steam platform.

Depending on when those video games were purchased from Steam, this could be a large number of games, of which it remains to be seen how many Hunter actually played and/or completed (like most Steam users).

The U.S. Department of Justice has added a brief synopsis of the various highlights of things the illegal money was spent on:

As detailed in the indictment, the Hunters stole money from the campaign for items as inconsequential as fast food, movie tickets and sneakers; as trivial as video games, Lego sets and Playdoh; as mundane as groceries, dog food, and utilities; and as self-indulgent as luxury hotels, overseas vacations and plane tickets for their family pet rabbits, Eggburt and Cadbury — all while their family was otherwise deeply in debt.

The same press release notes the maximum penalty for this case is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Brandon Orselli


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