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Schock Accused of Ethics Violation

Mar 23, 2012

A report from a watchdog group said the campaign committee for Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) reimbursed him for stays at a hotel in Greece and a luxury resort in Miami.

Schock's campaign committee reportedly paid him more than $100,000 for such expenses during the 2010 election.

The study was issued by “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics." Director Melanie Sloan said “What Aaron Schock did crossed the line.”

The group also found 248 of 435  House  members used campaign funds to benefit themselves and family  members.

Schock's chief of staff said the Greece hotel reimbursement was a mistake and that the Peoria Republican  has  repaid the campaign.

The spokesman says other expenses in  the report are  legitimate campaign spending.

Schock's new district includes McDonough, Hancock, Schuyler, Adams, Brown, Cass, Mason, Morgan, and Pike counties in west-central Illinois. It stretches as far east as McLean County.

Thanks to the Illinois Associated Press