Almost exactly two years after former Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) was sentenced to 11 months in prison for campaign finance violations—and more than a year after then-President Donald Trump pardoned him—the Federal Election Commission has finally gotten around to the case.
The agency published its decision on Thursday: Those involved will pay two fines, for a grand total of only $16,000.
Hunter had committed what were widely seen as among the most flagrant personal use violations in recent history. Over a period of several years, he and his wife—Margaret Hunter, who doubled as his campaign manager—stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign account and spent it on personal items like vacations, gifts, groceries, oral surgery, and credit card bills. Hunter himself was accused of using thousands of dollars in donor money to fund numerous extramarital affairs, including with multiple lobbyists and a Republican aide.
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