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Rep. Hunter used campaign funds on airline fees for a rabbit; his office says ethics panel interest shows overreach

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), who has been investigated by the House Ethics Committee, was among the Republican members who defended an ultimately failed attempt this week to gut the committee.

An upcoming report from the committee will show Hunter used campaign funds to pay the $600 cost of flying a family rabbit, one of the expenses that is expected to surface as part of an ongoing review of his campaign spending.

The ethics office last year conducted a review of Hunter’s campaign expenses. Release of the ethics committee report was postponed in anticipation of the swearing in of the new Congress.

In an interview with the Riverside Press-Enterprise , Hunter's spokesman, Joe Kasper, revealed the rabbit fee and cited it as an example of overreach by the committee.

"This was nothing more than an oversight. In fact, it’s such an obvious example of a mistake being made but (the office) wants to view it through a lens of possible intent. The same goes for many other expenditures,” Kasper told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Hunter has reimbursed his campaign more than $60,000 in expenses that were personal or not documented appropriately.

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