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Aaron Schock, One-Time Political Rising Star, Resigns Amid Spending Scandal

March 18, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Aaron Schock, One-Time Political Rising Star, Resigns Amid Spending Scandal

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On Wednesday, Four-term Illinois Congressman Rep. Aaron Schock, a social media savvy GOP rising star resigned without warning, shocking many of his congressional colleagues.

Schock has faced unrelenting questions over his office’s extravagant spending habits, which include allegations that His office spent taxpayer money lavish trips, redecorating his office, accepted gifts and made lucrative real estate deals with donors.

“Today, I am announcing my resignation as a Member of the United States House of Representatives effective March 31st,” Schock said in a statement. “I do this with a heavy heart. Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and the greatest honor I have had in my life.”

Schock went on to thank his constituents saying, “he gave his all over the last six years.”

“I traveled to every corner of my District to meet my constituents, and I’ve been fortunate enough to call many of them my friends and neighbors,” he said.

The events that led to his resignation began with the Downton Abbey scandal. Schock had to repay $40,000 in taxpayer funds used to redecorate his office in bright red, modeled after the set of the PBS drama Downton Abbey.

Politico discovered disparities between mileage reimbursements made to Schock and the miles he had on his SUV when he sold it. Further scrutiny uncovered an additional $40,000 spent on luxurious trips, concert and event tickets all from his House expense account.

The trips he chronicled on Instagram, which helped reporters investigating his spending habits connect the dots

Schock also faces allegations he used his donors to facilitate real estate deals in his hometown of Peoria, which is how he amassed the majority of his $1.4 million in wealth.

On Monday, new allegations surfaced regarding a political donor’s business dealing with a shell company owned by Schock, raising the specter of further unscrupulous political practices.

Although his resignation excludes him from investigations from the House Ethics Committee, it does not preclude the Illinois Congressman from criminal investigations.

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