Via press release:
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) again asked the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to investigate whether Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) violated federal law and House rules by selling his house to a campaign contributor for a price well above its market value. Rep. Schock’s 2012 home sale appears to have violated House gift rules. “Buying a house from someone for much more than it’s worth is no different than buying someone an expensive gift,” said CREW Interim Executive Director Anne Weismann. “Given that the buyer in this case was a campaign donor to Rep. Schock whose former employer has also backed his campaigns, the public needs to know what Mr. Bahaj expected in return for his generosity.”
RELATED: Yesterday Politico took a look at Schock’s “lavish” personal spending habits.
He charters private planes and employs a personal photographer. In Aspen, Colorado, he stays at the Little Nell, a five-star resort near the ski slopes. In Las Vegas, he prefers the pricey Wynn hotel. While in Vail, Colorado, and San Francisco, it’s the Four Seasons. In Miami Beach, he’s sampled the Delano, Fontainebleau and the exclusive Soho Beach House. And in Beverly Hills, California, he’s tried both the Peninsula and the Beverly Wilshire. Illinois GOP Rep. Aaron Schock raises a lot of money, for himself and other Republicans — he had $3.2 million in the bank at the end of December. And through his web of campaign committees, the 33-year-old lawmaker also spends lavishly. Schock’s campaign has also purchased a $74,000 Chevrolet Tahoe to help get him around back home in Illinois, in addition to a $27,000 Ford. To keep track of all his comings and goings, Schock has hired a personal photographer. Jonathon Link, a former Dallas-area wedding photographer, now snaps shots for Schock, and both his campaign and taxpayers pick up the bill.
A personal photographer? Uh huh. That’s Mr. Link on the far right. Read more about him here.
(Tipped by JMG reader Arch)