Lawmaker facing spending probe benefited from donor projects
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Associated Press review finds that Illinois congressman Aaron Schock has built his personal wealth off extensive business dealings with campaign contributors. The Republican has been under scrutiny for lavishly redecorating his Capitol Hill office and flying aboard private planes owned by donors.
Campaign contributors built, financed and later purchased a house Schock owned as an investment in a suburb of Peoria, Illinois. Schock owns a stake in a Peoria apartment complex involving other contributors. And Schock pushed for a federal appropriation that would have benefited a donor's development project.
Such deals with campaign contributors are perfectly legal if done on normal commercial terms. But the investments raise questions about the overlap between Schock's personal finances and his donors' business and political interests.