Do you remember The Vaping Congressman Duncan Hunter? Once a hot, young Representative from the state of California, Rep. Hunter has a tendency towards the theatrical. And thanks to new accusations by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), he also appears to be a huge gamer, too.
According to the FEC, Hunter spent approximately $1,302 of campaign funds on video games in 2015 using a site called Steam Games. For the average politician, this infraction might go completely unnoticed and unreported by the mainstream media. But Duncan Hunter is no average politician. This is the brazen Republican that had the fearlessness to puff on a vape pen during a recent congressional hearing on the topic of airplane vaping.
In the words of one anti-vaping blogger, “Hunter now only needs to roll into Congress on a hoverboard” to solidify his new image as the hip and cool legislator.
But Duncan Hunter already has quite a reputation as a Gamer with a Vaping Fixation. In 2013, he wrote a controversial article for Politico Magazine, supporting the notion that violent video game play should not be blamed for the sudden surge in school shootings in the years since Columbine. Meanwhile, his Vaping Congressman video went viral almost overnight.
Hunter is also on record for accepting some $31,500 in campaign contributions from the e-cig industry. In light of these recent FEC accusations, perhaps gaming manufacturers will soon be adding to Hunter’s campaign coffers, as well.
The Vaping Congressman responds to allegations.
According to Joe Kasper, a spokesperson for Duncan Hunter, a large portion of the $1,302 overage was the result of a single, accidental credit card charge by the Congressman’s teenage son. Young Master Hunter used the credit card only once to purchase video game online while the remaining balance is the result of several smaller “fraudulent charges” that will be investigated immediately.
Kasper goes on to say that when Hunter’s campaign-finance disclosure report was sent to the FEC, it was appropriately noted that the $1,302 was a “personal expense” and would be paid back. But now that there is an investigation pending, no money will be changing hands right away. First, Rep. Hunter has to respond to a letter by the FEC offering his official explanation of the mishap by May 9. And it will likely take several weeks or even months for the FEC to respond back.