A new report claims Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, the toned Republican congressman already facing an ethics inquiry over his Downton Abbey-inspired congressional office, used taxpayer and campaign funds to pay for, among other things, a Katy Perry concert.
The report, put together by the Associated Press, found a number of expensive travel and entertainment charges, including at least a dozen flights worth more than $40,000 on donor-owned planes since mid-2011.
The AP says it largely tracked Schock’s air travel “through the congressman’s penchant for uploading pictures and videos of himself to his Instagram account.” The news service then cross-referenced those posts with Schock’s expenses and flight data.
Apart from air travel, the 33-year-old congressman also reportedly billed thousands for concerts, even taking his interns to a sold-out Katy Perry concert in Washington, D.C., last June.
Schock is already in hot water for his Downton Abbey-inspired Capitol Hill digs.
He defended the lavish office earlier this month, saying he would pay for the redecorating himself in the wake of the ethics complaint filed by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
“Once it’s done, I’m sure I will get an invoice as I did before, and we’ll pay,” the congressman told ABC News, adding that the attention on him is nothing new: “As Taylor Swift said, ‘Haters gonna hate.’ ”
When asked for comment by the AP regarding his expenses, Schock responded in an email saying he takes compliance with congressional funding rules seriously and has begun a review of his office’s procedures “concerning this issue and others to determine whether they can be improved.”