Watchdog Group Files FEC Complaint Against Duncan Hunter’s PAC

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Today, CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a FEC complaint against long-shot Republican presidential candidate Duncan Hunter’s leadership PAC. According to CREW, Hunter’s PAC, Peace Through Strength Political Action Committee (PTS PAC), has illegally supported the presidential candidate. Before a potential candidate declares a bid for the presidency, they are able to “test the waters” (money can be spent on travel, polling and under $5,000 can be spent on ad campaigns). It appears Hunter didn’t follow the rules. PTS PAC spent $17,575 to run an ad campaign last December (before he announced his bid) in NH, which promoted the Representative’s support for the construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mother Jones didn’t need CREW to tell us that Hunter is a bit of a shady character. Read some fun tidbits about the Rep. in Mother Jones‘ “The Men Who Would Beat Hillary” and don’t miss our profile on him and his humanitarian brother John Hunter in our current issue. You’d think they were “separated at birth.”

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