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    Luis Gutierrez Paid Wife Over $100,000 From Campaign Funds in 2016 Cycle

    Luis Gutierrez Paid Wife Over $100,000 From Campaign Funds in 2016 Cycle

    Gutierrez’s Wife Has Pocketed Hundreds of Thousands in Campaign Funds since 2010

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    BY: Joe Schoffstall
    December 22, 2016 2:00 pm

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) paid his wife more than $100,000 from his campaign funds during the 2016 election cycle, campaign finance records show.

    Soraida Gutierrez, Luis’s wife, worked as a lobbyist in Illinois from 2003 to 2009. In 2010, Soraida joined Luis’s campaign committee, Gutierrez for Congress. Soraida has since collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from Gutierrez’s campaign coffers.

    The first time Soraida worked in a capacity for the campaign, in 2010, she hauled in $44,000 from Gutierrez for Congress and was the top recipient in campaign cash.

    Soraida then pocketed $93,000 from the campaign committee in 2012. This amount made her the top recipient of campaign funds throughout the cycle yet again. Gutierrez’s campaign committee disbursed $383,848 in 2012, meaning that Soraida’s payments made up around 25 percent of all expenditures that election cycle.

    Soraida was then paid $110,000 during the 2014 election cycle. Soraida was again the top recipient of campaign cash.

    Throughout the 2016 election cycle, Soraida has pulled in $101,000 and was the second highest paid from the committee this cycle. The only vendor that received more cash from the committee was Message Audience and Presentation, an Austin, Texas, based political consulting firm. Soraida received twice as much in payments as the third-highest-paid vendor.

    Soraida was compensated $347,000 from Gutierrez’s campaign committee between 2010 and 2016.
    Rep. Gutierrez’s wife was not his only family member to receive payments from his campaign committee.

    His two daughters, Omaira and Jessica, received thousands in payments since 2010. The payments to his daughters were made for bookkeeping services and a fundraising project.

    Congressional members have been allowed to place family members on their campaign payrolls since 2001. The allowance stems from an opinion issued by the Federal Election Commission after a request from former Rep. Jesse Jackson (D., Ill).

    After the opinion, Jackson paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to his wife’s firm. Jackson and his wife later pleaded guilty in 2013 to using nearly $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use.
    Gutierrez’s office did not immediately return a request for comment on the payments.

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    Paying your spouse from a campaign account or nonprofit organization of any kind has completely destroyed many politicians. However, the elites will do all they can to protect their Hispanic Supremacist asset Rep. Luis Gutierrez
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    Hunter repays campaign $49,000 in personal expenses

    U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (David Brooks / Union-Tribune file)

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    Congressman Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, says he will repay $49,000 to his campaign account after months of revelations that he used the fund for personal expenses.

    The congressman announced the repayment to the Press-Enterprise newspaper on Thursday.

    “While the charges were primarily authorized by the campaign, the buck stops with me and I take full responsibility — including the responsibility to determine and implement other structural changes to ensure errors are not repeated,” he told the newspaper. “In taking these steps, I am fully confident that the right oversight and controls are now in place.”

    Hunter’s problems first came to light in April, when The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on a Federal Election Commission inquiry into video game expenses charged to his campaign. The U-T subsequently revealed funds spent on oral surgery, a garage door, private school, gas, groceries, fast food and other expenses.

    Hunter repaid $12,000 initially, attributing expenses to mistakes such as using the wrong blue credit card. His campaign is run by his wife, Margaret, who is paid $3,000 a month. In April, he told the U-T she would no longer have a campaign credit card.

    He then launched an independent audit that lasted for months, resulting in the most recent repayment.

    “The financial review has revealed additional unauthorized expenditures that I will be reimbursing to the campaign today,” Hunter told the Press-Enterprise. “And I decided, out of an abundance of caution, to treat any expense without adequate support as necessary for reimbursement.”

    The Press-Enterprise story does not contain a breakdown of which expenses Hunter is reimbursing. Among the disbursements the Union-Tribune has highlighted, most of them incurred in 2015:

    • 106 fill-ups at gas stations, totaling $5,660.
    • 16 trips to Jack in the Box totaling $297.
    • Forty trips to Albertson’s, Trader Joe’s or another grocery store, spending $6,819 total.
    • An expense for $229 at a Disneyland gift shop for “food/beverages.” A spokesman for the park told the Union-Tribune the only edible items the store sells are Pez candy and a Star Wars-themed Rice Krispy treat.
    • Utilities — $1,269 for San Diego Gas & Electric and $300 to the Padre Dam Municipal Water District.
    • More than $2,000 on restaurants, hotels and train travel in the Italian cities of Rome, Florence and Positano during the Thanksgiving holiday week in 2015.
    • A payment for $216 to Gioielleria Manetti in Florence, listed on a disclosure report as “food/beverages.” The store makes and customizes jewelry and watches, according to its website. A store representative said it offers no food or drinks.
    • $1,300 spent at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea restaurant that provides lunches to Hunter’s children’s El Cajon private school.

    Spending of campaign funds on personal expenses is prohibited, because it might give donors undue political influence. The U-T reported last month that Hunter has been advocating for the U.S. Coast Guard to buy a $150 million ship from one of his top contributors, Louisiana-based shipbuilder Edison Chouest Offshore.


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    Nice to know that the majority of Trump's cabinet have no financial need to pilfer campaign funds or make deals.
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