Congressman spent over $1300 in campaign funds on Steam games in 2015

by Joshua Russo



Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) is once again making headlines. The San Diego congressman recently gained national attention by vaping during a House Transportation Committee hearing. Yesterday the Federal Election Commission sent a letter to Hunter’s campaign treasurer asking for an explanation of several charges for Steam Games labeled as personal expenses. A total of 68 purchases were made to the Steam store between October 13 and December 16 of 2015, totaling $1302.


Hunter’s Chief of Staff, Joe Kemper, offered an explanation via the San Diego Union Tribune:

Hunter’s spokesman, Joe Kasper, said the congressman’s teenage son used his father’s credit card for one game, and then several unauthorized charges resulted after the father tried to close access to the website. Kasper said that Hunter is trying to have the unauthorized charges reversed before repaying his campaign account.

“There won’t be any paying anything back there, pending the outcome of the fraud investigation, depending on how long that takes,” Kasper said.

Hunter has been quick to defend the medium of video games when they are blamed during the aftermath of gun violence, saying, “Video games are not precursors to violence. So let’s stop pretending that an entertainment medium is the cause of the problem. Let’s look for solutions in the real world, not the virtual one.”

The congressman has until May 9th to address the Federal Elections Commission.



About Joshua Russo

Josh has been playing video games since before he learned how to read and write. He fell in love with both and eventually combined the two to create the Next Save Point. His favorite video game series' are Pokémon, Uncharted, Mass Effect, Dragon Quest, Fallout and Borderlands.

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