Congressman Duncan Hunter questioned over Steam games purchased with campaign funds0 Comments
Steam's digital distribution network has become so popular that apparently even politicians have trouble getting away from the allure of building a sprawling game library. While most people encounter trouble in their desire to buy games without having adequate funds, congressman Duncan Hunter is encountering trouble for allegedly using the wrong kind of funds — campaign funds, specifically.
According to reports (via PC Gamer and The San Diego Union-Tribune), congressman Hunter is alleged to have purchased 68 Steam games on his credit card — a card that plays host to his campaign funds — which amount to a total sum of $1,302. Each of the purchases is apparently marked as a "personal expense - to be paid back," but The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that nothing has been paid back to the account as of yet, despite the first charge appearing back on October 13.
Reports from Hunter's spokesman Joe Kasper indicate that it was Hunter's son who used initially used the credit card in order to purchase a game, and that the rest of the charges made are being considered unauthorized. Kasper also stated that the congressman is trying to have the charges "reversed" before he repays the campaign account. As many gamers know, Steam refunds aren't always straightforward, and seeing as how it's been nearly six months since the initial charge, it may be that such a reversal may never materialize.
Hunter has been in the news recently for openly smoking an electronic cigarette during a transportation committee hearing, as well as for his defense of video games in light of mass shootings. In an opinion piece published on Politico, he argued that the common connection made between violent video games and violent behavior "conveys an image that America’s youth are incapable of discerning right from wrong, which simply is not true."
Regardless of his stance on the effects of video games, the charges made to Hunter's campaign account aren't being taken lightly. The Federal Election Commission has asked for a proper explanation of the charges, and Hunter has been given until May 9 to respond, the details of which can be found in this letter.
Congressman's campaign funds spent on Steam, PC Gamer