Washington — Republican Representative Duncan Hunter has pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal campaign funds,after spending months decrying and denying the allegations against him.
The California congressman entered his guilty plea in federal court in San Diego, California, on Tuesday, admitting that he knowingly and willfully took hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash so that he and his wife, Margaret, could maintain their lifestyle. Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty in June.
The plea agreement said the Hunters used more than $150,000 in campaign funds to pay for everything from fast food meals and movie outings to luxury vacations and plane tickets for their pet rabbits. The congressman also used more than $1,000 in campaign funds to pay for a ski trip on 2010 with someone prosecutors described as “one of his girlfriends.”