This Is Schocking!
Posted at 5:01 p.m. on March 29, 2012
Updated 4:25 p.m. | Rep. Aaron Schock is known for his handsome mug, his washboard abs and his love of P90X.
A new report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington reveals that the Illinois Republican’s campaign has a rather broad understanding of health care costs and critical travel expenses.
Apparently, during the 2010 campaign cycle, Schock’s campaign committee paid out $319 for his P90X workout program, writing it off as a health care expense.
“Aaron Schock personally paid American Express directly for the charge,” Schock’s spokesman Steve Dutton tells HOH. “It was mistakenly reported on our FEC report filed on July 15, 2010.
“We corrected that mistake when it happened by filing an amended FEC report on July 30, 2010. So that was corrected 20 months ago. The campaign never paid for the P90X DVD.”
Fair enough, but a quick money-saving tip for congressman from its bargain shopping friends at HOH: Next time, check out Craigslist before paying full price! You can find Tony Horton’s famous workout for 60 bucks easy.
Back in 2008, his campaign reimbursed the then-27-year-old candidate close to $50,000. The campaign gave Illinois’ Most Famous Six Pack a big raise in 2010, reimbursing the candidate $105,511, which included a stay at this five star hotel in Athens, Greece, and this luxury resort in Miami, Fla.
In 2008 and 2010, Schock’s campaign reimbursed his mother, Janice Knapp, $23,711.
All in all, Schock’s campaign paid the lawmaker and his mom $178,567 over two campaigns in travel, incidentals, workouts and events.
Running for Congress: It’s nice work if you can get it.