Watchdog files complaint over Illinois lawmaker’s travel spending

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Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock (Source: Schock.House.Gov)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A watchdog group says congressional investigators should review whether Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock violated House ethics rules by using taxpayer and campaign funds for private travel expenses.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said in its complaint Wednesday to the Office of Congressional Ethics that available evidence “warrants a full investigation.”

Schock, a 33-year-old Republican, has faced scrutiny in recent weeks amid revelations he used the funds to pay for trips on his donors’ aircraft. The Associated Press found those included $40,000 for more than a dozen flights, including trips before 2013 that may have violated House rules.

This is the third complaint from the liberal-leaning group about Schock’s expenses or finances filed since early February.

A spokesman for Schock did not immediately respond to the complaint Wednesday.

By JACK GILLUM and STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press