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Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Friday, February 27 2015 Feb 27, 2015 February 27, 2015 11:41 AM February 27, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun

WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has learned that Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock has personally reimbursed the government $40,000 for renovations to his congressional office. It was modeled after the TV show "Downton Abbey."

Schock is under scrutiny for using an office expense account to pay for the redecorating, as well as taxpayer and campaign funds for flights on donor-owned planes and concert tickets.

Financial records obtained by the AP show that Schock paid $35,000 earlier this month to the owner of the decorating firm, Euro Trash. He paid $5,000 more on Thursday.

The Washington Post was first to describe the office decorations. A watchdog group has requested a House ethics review of the congressman's spending.

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