Schock repays $35K on ‘Downton Abbey’ office rehab
Illinois congressman Aaron Schock has repaid $35,000 from his personal funds to cover the cost of a lavish decorating job on his Capitol Hill office.
The office was re-done in the style of the popular period show “Downton Abbey,” although Schock says he doesn’t watch the show and wasn’t aware of the style.
It’s one of several questionable spending stories that have been hounding the downstate republican of late.
USA TODAY has reported that Schock had spent more than $100,000 of his taxpayer-funded account on office renovations in prior years.
Politico reports he also failed to disclose several gifts on financial forms.
They include dinner at Buckingham Palace in 2011, and use of a golf course in Maryland for a fundraiser in September.
An ethics complaint was filed against Schock earlier this week for his use of private planes.
Schock has since hired lawyers to audit his spending.