Who Is Aaron Schock?

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Aaron Schock, a Republican U.S. Representative from the city of Peoria, Illinois, resigned recently after numerous scandals concerning his repeated illegal use of Taxpayer money.  Schock was known for office decor made to look like “Downton Abbey,” and he had reportedly spent tens of thousands of dollars on hotels and flights in the first three months of 2015, according to the Peoria Journal-Star. Schock made an announcement March 17th, 2015, that he would resign effective March 31st.

Also, it was reported that Aaron Schock made campaign contributions to “at-large” Peoria City Council members and others during the three-month period in which scandal surrounded him.  City Council members Chuck Weaver and Eric Turner received the largest campaign checks.

The Schock for Congress committee wrote a check to Weaver — the second-highest vote-getter in the at-large council races — on March 5 for $5,000.

Just days after Schock resigned, Weaver took steps with his campaign treasurer to isolate those funds until the query into the lawmaker had reached a conclusion.

Schock also had a $2,500 check cut on Feb. 19 to support Turner’s candidacy.

Schock also donated $2,000 apiece to the nascent re-election efforts of four female Republican members of Congress — Ann Wagner of Missouri, Mimi Walters of California, Renee Elmers of North Carolina, and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming.

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GOP Lawmakers Reject Findings Of Other GOP Lawmakers On Benghazi

Rand Paul is a conspiracy theorist: Time for the world to call him what he isAccording to MSNBC, some GOP lawmakers on the panel of the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee described the findings of their recent report on the 2012 attack in Benghazi as “definitive.”

Every question has been answered. Every conspiracy theory has been looked at.

Every House committee, every Senate committee, every State Department investigator, and every inquiry launched by independent news organizations have reached the exact same conclusion.

There may be a general feeling, even among many Republicans, that it’s time to just move on.

But that’s not going to happen. Not only is the House on track to spend at last another $1.5 million – of our money – on yet another committee, but many GOP lawmakers have decided to reject the findings of other GOP lawmakers.

Notable politicians such as Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul have been rejecting the findings of the report from members of their own party.

As Simon Maloy noted, Republican senator Rand Paul even proceeded to suggest his own GOP allies may be “helping the Obama administration cover-up the truth about Benghazi.”

According to the Huffington Post, millions in taxpayer money have been spent on the several Benghazi investigations that have been conducted over the past couple of years.