Well, one thing you can’t say about Rep. Aaron Schock (R.-Heterosexuality or bust) is that he has proletarian tastes. We already knew about the Downton Abbey-inspired office and the $74,000 Chevy Tahoe. Now we’re learning that the vermillion office was the least of it.
Investigations by the Associated Press and Politico have revealed that Schock has been living what might under other circumstances be called an A-gay lifestyle, replete with fancy cars, surfing, Saville Row shopping, and, of course, those private jet trips. And he didn’t even have to earn the money to afford it all.
Here’s a tour through the wonderland that Schock has been inhabiting — at the expense of taxpayers and courtesy of fat-cat donors.
Who was it who said politics should be about public service?
The private jets
According to AP, Schock took at least a dozen flights over the past five years on private planes supplied by donors costing at least $40,000. The problem for Schock is that he paid for the flights with office funds, and Congressional rules have disallowed using that money since 2013 to pay for private flights. For example, in 2013, Schock’s office paid more than $11,000 for commercial transportation. Yet, using Schock’s own Instagram account for evidence, AP strongly suggests that Schock was using a private jet at the time.
A political action committee associated with Schock forked over more than $24,000 for concert tickets, including a Katy Perry concert, where he likely would have gotten down to “I Kissed A Girl,” while surrounded by screaming teenage girls and, well, the gay men whose equal rights he opposes. Schock was good enough to share the largesse with his staff. “You can’t say no when your boss invites you. Danced my butt off,” one former intern wrote on her Instagram account about the Katy Perry concert. (We know what you’re thinking with a comment like that, but the intern was a woman.)
The stay at Claridge’s
If you’re going to go to London, you might as well stay in Mayfair at the highest-end hotel possible. Schock did. On a 2011 trip to London, the fiscal conservative slept at Claridge’s, a byword for luxurious accommodations. Rooms there start at $500 a night. The London trip, which Schock did not report as a gift, was paid for by a private foundation.
The shopping trips
We already know about Schock’s affection for the closet — to hang fashionable clothes, of course. While in London, he apparently made a trip to Moss Bros., which bills itself as “the UK’s most iconic brand for men’s clothing.” The perfect place to pick up some Downton Abbey dress-me-up togs.
The love of Saudi antiquities
The antiquities and tourism commission of Saudi Arabia was kind enough to sport for Schock and two other members of Congress to check out the national treasures of the country. The two other members of Congress disclosed the trip on their annual financial disclosure forms. Schock did not. What are the odds he challenged his hosts on their unconscionable treatment of gay men while enjoying their largesse?
Soaking up the atmosphere in South America
Not long after visiting Saudi Arabia, Schock took another jaunt, this time to Colombia. Paid by someone else, of course–in this case, an official visit to work on a free-trade agreement. Which means that, for once, Schock isn’t in trouble for not reporting a trip.
Of course, living such a fabulous life has it’s downsides. For one thing, it requires lawyers. Lots of them. Schock is feeling the legal heat right now, and he’s hiring attorneys to cool things down. His office is conducting an internal audit, just to be on the safe side, you know. All we can say is that we hope Schock enjoys his Downton digs while he can.
He may not be there much longer.
Photo credits: Claridge’s website, Saudi tourism Facebook page Colombia: Pedro Szekely
A lifestyle fit for a QUEEN. LOL
As I have said on other threads concerning Schock: he’s an evil, horrible creature. I suspect he has sociopathic tendencies. His name, career, and reputation should be destroyed.
While I could care less as to whether he is or isn’t gay, as an Illinois resident and taxpayer I am not pleased. But then again, Illinois is the heartland of corruption in politics (“vote early and vote often”)!
This is all you need to know…
He has been rabidly defending Caterpillar Corporation avoiding U.S. taxes by falsely funneling profits out of the U.S. through their Swiss subsidiary. And the “Campaign Donor who, after donating the maximum allowed by law to Schock, (And his wife doing the same) and who bought his house for hundreds of thousands of dollars more than it’s value, is an executive at Caterpillar.
The voting rights of the thousands of voters in his district, as well as millions of U.S. voters were sold by him for a few hundred thousand dollars.
So my good buddy Aaron is now behaving like a Clinton?
The horror, the horror!
And BJ continues with his desperate attempt to shield any anti-gay bigot in the GOP. Notice how he never provides a link or any backing to his comment? His only goal is to distract from the topic. Just protecting an anti-gay bigot in the GOP as usual.
The topic. These are documented, they are massive violations, and similar ones on a smaller scale sent Cunningham to jail for 7 years.
Aaron Schock seems to have stolen massive amounts of money, and subverted the voting rights of thousands of voters in his own district, and in selling himself to national companies, millions of voters nationwide.
@BJ McFrisky: ERRRRRRRR WRONG. No Clinton has done anything like this.
He’s a republican and that says it all. Most republicans are super corrupt. And how is he behaving like a Clinton? The Clinton don’t use tax payers money like this. This is a republican corruption case. Why are all the republican candidates for 2016 getting embroiled in corruption and abuse of power cases? Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, etc. All dropping like flies.
Republicans are sell outs to corporations and are some of the biggest crooks. This has been going on since the Nixon adminstration, and people like BJ McFrisky never seem to learn when they continue voting republican.
@Cam: Frisky is a liar and is trying to change attention to Hillary… because he knows none of the republican morons running in 2016 have a chance against Hillary. Give it a few seconds before he brings up the Benghazi nonsense. Nevermind 2,000+ Americans died on US soil under a republican and 4,000 more died in Iraq under a republican.
So, do you think that Schock will run out of his cashmere socks, and Le’Mere spider silk eye cream before his interviews with the Ethics panel?
So basically he’s a typical politician of either party, meaning very corrupt and grasping. People are just too dense or naive to realize this, and always accuse the OTHER party of being super-corrupt. No, it’s all of them. They ALL do this.
@Giancarlo85: You apparently are ignoring the recent ethics questions surrounding the Clinton Foundation (not to worry—avoiding facts is the liberal status quo).
If ignorance truly is bliss, you must be the happiest clam in the ocean.
I’m not saying the democrats don’t do this. One recent governor in Oregon state got in a lot of trouble for unethical behavior (oh and to note his successor Kate Brown is the first openly bi governor in US history). However, the democratic party is far more clean than the republicans. California is the state I live in and I can tell you even here the democrats are far better than republicans. The state republicans in California are the definition of corruption.
@BJ McFrisky: No such ethic questions, asides from Fox News inventions. You live in total ignorance hence your right wing political beliefs.
By the way, there is no law against any such donations made to the Clinton foundation. In fact, many donations went to places such as Haiti for earthquake relief. There was no wrong-doing, asides from Fox News inventions.
Since BJ will always do everything to deflect attention from every anti-gay bigot in the GOP,
Just to remind everybody, This article is about Aaron Schock’s massive ethics violations involving bribery, misuse of taxpayer funds, misuse of campaign funds, improper donations, failure to report possible conflicts etc…..
Frisky is all about red herrings from what I’ve noticed. And he’ll bring up legitimate activity and try to compare it to misuse of funds and abuse of power (which is a common problem in the GOP).
he employs a ‘personal photographer’ who happens to be very handsome…..we all know this has to be the closet case’s bf!
The Clinton Foundation focuses on four critical areas: health security; economic empowerment; leadership development and citizen service; and racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation. The Foundation does not involve in politic activities or generate any benefit to its founders. So what the matter if the foundation was contributed by foreigners!!! If any “genius” Republican wants to make a whole big deal of this, they should feel ashamed of themselves when they look at Aaron Schock, Mit Romney, or Chris Christie!!!
@Daniel: Exactly. Consider the foreign interests implanted in the Republican party. Republicans can’t even talk about the totally legal and legitimate Clinton foundation, without being exposed as hypocrites. The foundation doesn’t contribute to any political campaign or person. It is a nonpolitical entity. An nonprofit NGO of sorts.
If donations from people with foreign interests were bad, then considering the Koch Brothers are the largest non-Canadian owners of Oil Sands interests in Canada and they have pledged to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for U.S. elections, you would think the same GOP folks would be screaming about that.
But no, they aren’t, just like they aren’t screaming about the fact that Schock apparently misused hundreds of thousands of illegal funds to finance his lifestyle.
Please! Please don’t be gay! This man and his nature,character,etc are so repulisve. I hope he is 100000000% straigh, because if he isn’t…we all know where it ends. The crazed masses will scream: That is how gays are. We warned you.
@Giancarlo85: If you consider the Washington Post, Politico, or CBS news to be “Fox news inventions,” then I guess you’re right, it’s only a story of “Fox news inventions.” Or, you could Google the issue before making paranoid, blanket statements concerning issues you know nothing of.
@BJ McFrisky: You haven’t demonstrated any real intelligence here. Fox News have distorted the report. And issues I know nothing of? Really? What issues? Did Hillary commit any wrongdoing? No she did not. In fact the foundation can’t contribute a dime to her. So why do you refuse to address all the cases of Republican corruption, including Rick Perry being under criminal investigation for abuse of power?
Oh and before you insult my intelligence again, realize politics and government is my specialty. I have an MA Degree in the subject. In addition I am very well informed. This is why I know your claims about the Clinton foundation are hollow and pathetic lies and deliberate misinformation.
Your refusal to even address this topic shows how much of an ignorant right wing hack you are. Get a reality check before you try to criticize a completely legal and legitimate foundation based on some reports you totally misread.
Hope the queen looks good in orange.
Maybe he confused ‘sugar daddy’ with misuse of Campaign Funds somehow.
@Cam: Koch Brothers have profit motivation. On the view of political economy, GOP always believes in “supply side” theory. That’s why they don’t scream like little girls when it comes to this matter. THEY ARE GOP’S POCKETS!!!!
Why does anyone care about this?
You can’t expect The Princess of Peoria to be parsimonious, now, do you? Tough goings for a closeted Republican anti-gay twat.
He is in the closet with his picture just like Dorian Gray.
Ha ha … Seeing all these rabid leftist comments just makes me laugh. Obsessed much? Jealous, perhaps?
While you’re busy throwing stones you seem to be unable to observe the most corruption in our history being performed daily by the Obamas and Clintons.
Funniest thing of all is, if his last name was Kennedy, you all be salivating.
Bad Ass Biker
@Paul Nadolski: I also live in IL and I predict that gay or straight, Shock is going to go down.
@Clark: You keep living in fantasy land. Obsessed about what? And jealous of what? I don’t want to be a crook like the various right wingers and Republicans. I would rather be a poor honest man, than a right asshole.
And what is this corruption of the Obama’s and Clintons you speak about? Can’t find any. Just another right wing delusional talking point.
Most corruption is in the Republican party all tied to the oil companies and the Koch brothers. Look up the facts!
Reality is left wing, period.
*than a right wing rich asshole.
Look my point has been made… I am not going to argue with a right winger who throws stones, while his super corrupt Republican party goes down in flames. So many Republicans under federal investigation and facing possible sentences. Pretty obvious. All goes back to the corrupt Nixon and Reagan administrations.
These right wingers make me laugh… So much irony.
@Clark: Finally! Someone besides me calling the liberals out on their hypocrisy. Thank you for that.
@Giancarlo85: If you in fact have such an extensive educational background, you should be intelligent enough to know these stories regarding millions being filtered through Clinton’s foundation are factual, not “Fox news inventions” — your words, not mine.
And by the way, I have an MA — no, make that a PhD — in detecting smug self-importance among sycophantic progressives, and yours is pinging my radar loud and clear.
@BJ McFrisky: Your hypocrisy is evident.
What millions were filtered? Do you have any proof for your accusations? What wrongdoings did they commit? The organization is non-political and non-profit. It does not contribute to political campaigns. You don’t have any degree, at all. You are a self righteous prick. The only SYCOPHANTIC here is you. The paranoia and severe delusions you have about Obama and the Clintons speak loud and clear.
THe issue is you have zero proof and nothing you claim ever sticks. You’re a liar. This goes beyond just political beliefs… you’re a total and absolute liar.
And what hypocrisy have “liberals” demonstrated? Tell me what hypocrisy! I want to see this so called “hypocrisy”. Not just the fantasies you invent.
The reality is totally left wing. If you’re right wing… you’re lying to yourself.
@Clark: Threads like these are never complete without some demented fruit squawking “such jeluz!”.
It may come as a surprise to you, twinkle-dick, but not everybody shares your overheated fantasies of playing Marie Antoinette.
The obsession of this man of queerty is very disturbing. I think someone has a majot crush on this guy and is hurt that he can’t be with this guy. A lot of gay men seem to beg attention from those who oppose us, like this POS politician. How pathetic.
@Curty: What obsession?
Is it an obsession talking about the rampant corruption in the republican party?
And meh… he’s average looking lol.
@BJ McFrisky: You like being bashed up by bigots. Well, you’re a grown man – if some way short of an adult – so I guess that’s your right.
Not everybody shares your pathology tho. So forgive us if we continue to expose and mock self-loathing, exhibitionist shitbags like Shock at every opportunity.
@Curty: Oh then there’s the vapid, squeaking little kween who believes that the only reason a gay man would oppose someone like Shock was ’cause his crush was unrequited.
Your post would be lol coming from a seven year old girl. Unless…oh wait. You are, aren’t you? You’re a seven year old girl.
“Why does anyone care about this?”
Really? This man, took away the voting rights of the people in his district. They sent him there to represent them, and instead it appears that he was selling his vote and using their tax money illegally to fund a lavish lifestyle.
For comparison, a robbery effects one or two people, what he did effects every voter in the country.
@BJ McFrisky: I’m not sure if you actually did original research thesis for your MA, but I know the first step that you need to do is to cumulate your data and evidence before making conclusion. Also, Clinton foundation is 501(c)(3) organization; you can look at its financial statement and IRS form 990 online. This is my advice to you: saying is easy; proving it is hard!!!
Don’t ask him to prove anything. People like him have Benghazi derangement syndrome lol. They make audacious claims that can’t possibly be proven. In a court of law, Frisky would get laughed at.
Season 01: Episode 01
This is awesome and funny as hell! He will be resigning in the next month or so with an apology to those who voted for him while declaring his innocence.
Meanwhile his personal aide will reach out to Senator Lindsey Graham in hopes of convincing Graham to select him as his VP candidate.
Envisioning a 2016 win, the two gentlemen hope to embark on political (romantic) trips together and have late night private meetings at the White House
discussing personal gifts from Iran while listening to Elton John classics. All this by candlelight.
Of course we all know Graham will not get enough votes to win South Carolina, most certainly not head of state (Queen of state).
After Graham loses the nomination and disgracefully bows of the race mid January 2016, Shock packs up and moves to Palm Beach Florida and helps run Celebrity Consignments,
Mark Foley’s business where the ex-congressman has a vast inventory including his old Washington stuff, antique chandeliers, paintings, high-end French armoires.
Do you have an upcoming birthday or anniversary?? Visit Celebrity Consignments on South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.
Don’t forget your Groupon!
Whoa!!! no Groupon?? Oh well… You can pay full price considering 10% of what you pay will be donated to the Human Right Campaign in DC.
Hoping our community will kindly forgive these phoney hypocrites.
Next time on ‘Real Housewives of Palm Beach (DC or Palm Beach, haven’t decided yet)’
Season 02: Episode 02
“Previsouly on RHOPB’……
Catch the script soon 🙂 Have a good weekend.
BJ McFrisky…suffering from I’M-NOT-ONE-OF-THOSE-GAYS SYNDROME.
Miss Thang has to repay the government for his $35,000 Downton Abby redecoration.
Thank you, ‘queerty’ readers and commentators, for fulfilling my humor quota for the day! Reading all the deranged posts on here and HuffPo just makes my day and gives me great fodder for my classes and papers on the ‘liberalism is a mental disorder’ topic. Proof is in the comments.
Thanks so much!
When/if you ever pull your heads out, you’ll be in for a HUGE surprise.
Y’all have a nice day.
As someone who has voted in every election since I was 18 and have a voting record that is 60% Democrat and 40% Republican, I agree with the posters that say there is not much difference between the 2 parties when it comes to corruption. At the end of the day they are mostly old, white, privileged men who are more interested in serving themselves than serving citizens.
Ms. Clinton isn’t male, but she is old, white and privileged. If the pant suit fits, wear it.
@Clark: The only one deranged and mentally unstable here is you. HuffPo? Funny how you are the one with the mental disorder in the end. I hope you’re not a teacher… and if you’re a student… please read a book or two. Maybe you should pull your head out of your ass.
Reality is LIBERAL and LEFT-WING. Period.
And don’t you dare talk down to anyone on here because of your own incompetence and incapabilities. When you WRITE an ACADEMIC paper, you need to PROVIDE EVIDENCE AND PROOF.
Laura, Nice try and all… but the democrats have always been more concerned about common people more than republicans. I’m not saying corruption doesn’t exist in the democratic party (take for example Leeland Yee), but get real.
Anytime anyone says “Liberalism is a mental disorder” they are the one with mental problems. They don’t even know what “liberalism” means. They just slap “liberal” on everything they hate. It’s part of the spin and hate machine in this country that controls little minds that can’t think on their own.
People are told to repeat nonsense like “liberalism is communism”, “liberalism is a mental disorder”… they do this in order to avoid having an actual conversation.
I guess when a right winger fails in argument he needs to fail catastrophically. It’s like watching a train wreck. Don’t even try to ask a right winger about actual issues… he doesn’t know anything about it.
And if you’re gay and you’re voting republican, that’s like a black man supporting the KKK. Get a reality check please.
@TrueWords: “I do not support gay marriage, I believe the definition of marriage is between one man and one woman”. He’s quoting Barack Obama here, right?
@o.codone: Obama supports same sex marriage.
@Giancarlo85: Obama isn’t a closet homosexual like Schlock is.
@Palto: sorry that was in response to the head up his ass codone.
Schlock reminds me of other Republicans like Larry Craig and Trey Radel.
EERRR WRONG. Google Hillary and private jets. You will see she used them 200 times in her 8 years in the senate. Yeah, no Clinton has every done anything like this. Spoken like a true believer.
You haven’t a clue, dan. Schock is far worse. Clinton has done everything by the book and within procedure. But you will defend any gay bashing bigot Republican.
Love these walking contradiction gay right wingers. Stop throwing stones from a glass house. True believer? Look in the mirror for that, drone.
@Giancarlo85: Such an angry little hypocrite, you are. Clinton has “done everything by the book and within procedure”? If ignorance is bliss, then you’re the happiest camper in the woods.
@BJ McFrisky: What a pile of manure. You haven’t proved anything. You just spout off insanity. You are a right wing nut and you live in a delusional world.
I don’t even know why I respond to an illiterate uneducated moron like you. Go back to Fox News.
Notice how when one screename stops defending Schocks fraud and theft a different one comes in?
Yeah, nice try. You may as well stick with the same screename because you’re saying the same B.S.
Thank you for pointing out that you Log Cabiners not only don’t care if the elected officials you defend are anti-gay bigots, you also with ignore any fraud, theft, or votes for sale they engage in.
The fact that Schock’s offenses are so blatant that they even violate the mild laws imposed on election officials should be horrifying, but instead, you have proven you don’t care. you don’t care about the law, you don’t care about bigotry, that isn’t rational. That shows that your politics are based on emotion and hate rather than logic.
I live in Schock’s district and while I don’t care to get into the “are Dems or Repubs more corrupt?”, I will say in our state, the Democrats are worse only because they hold a supermajority in the legislature and the biggest city has been under one party rule for as long as any of us have been alive. Having said that, I don’t care if my useless Representative is gay or not and frankly I don’t care. Where there is smoke there is fire. He is getting away with some serious breeches of ethics and coupled by the fact he is an enemy to our community, I hope he is forced out of office. Unfortunately, given Illinois is one of the most corrupt states in the union (right down there with Louisiana and NJ), he’ll be caught much later than sooner giving him even more time to damage not only our community, but the State of Illinois and the country in general. And sorry BJ, I say this a someone who also identifies as a conservative. Just not one who is willing to turn a blind eye to bullsh*t no matter what side of the aisle it comes from.
I will clarify my own position. I do not identify with ANY American political party. The democrats are too close to corporations and are right of center. Republicans are extreme corporatists who don’t care for the Constitution or this republic. They are sell outs and traitors.
I most closely identify with the Green Party in Germany and the newly emerged Greek government that is taking a proud stand against corrupt lying bankers pushing the austerity lies. I am truly on the left. There is no political left in America.
Most people from other developed countries look at Republicans and see batsh****t crazy extremists.
@Giancarlo85: i get it. I may not agree, but I will not resort to name calling like BJ. my partner and I are stuck in no mans land. Financially, Rebubs suit us better, but we’re not going to embrace a party that doubles down on stupidity and bigotry to save a few bucks. But not really ready to embrace the lesft which seems to want to punish prosperity and wants to take away other liberties. Funny how the two extremee want to chip away at our rights in the “name of our own good”. Wish there were a third, more common sense party.
@Geoff B: said…. ” But not really ready to embrace the lesft which seems to want to punish prosperity and wants to take away other liberties.”
Punish prosperity? So fighting against things like the economic plan that would have reduced Romney’s tax rate to 0% (Which he of course endorsed) is punishing prosperity? And “Take away other liberties”?
Sorry, not buying it. If you knew what they were you would state them.
@Geoff B: I can’t agree at all. Republicans are bad financially and the last two Republican presidents have left this country in an economic mess. More jobs and such are created under democrats. Obama and Clinton saw net gains in jobs, while the last two Republicans saw job losses. The left doesn’t exist in America and the left does not punish prosperity.
The left is about sustainable, sensible growth. The Republicans are not. Again there is no left in America. There aren’t two extremes. There is one extreme. The Republicans are extreme right wing and have a horrible economic record. The democrats are center right. If America had a real left, this country would be better off economically.
Again, I will state one last time… The democrats aren’t chipping away liberties. The Republicans hate liberties though. They are sell outs to corporations. Net neutrality is something Republicans wanted to destroy. And that is just one of many examples of why Republicans are bad for this country.
By the way, a real left ceased to possibly exist once the republicans engaged in union busting and deregulation… which has left the middle class in decline. This nonsense started under Reagan (whose presidency also ended in a recession).
If republicans are so good for the economy, how come the last three republican presidents have been so awful? The only decent republican I can name of was Eisenhower, and even he had many faults. And the only decent one I can name before that was possibly Teddy Roosevelt though he was a progressive (and some of his views are very strange).
The only real leftist in this country died in 1926. Eugene Debs was persecuted by this country for his views and sent to prison. There hasn’t quite been another like him… and even he did not get enough votes.
On another website, it was mentioned that The Princess of Peoria takes all of her prospective boyfriends to the Republican bastion known as The Capitol Hill Club because no cameras and no suspicion as men in couples dine there all the time. I would LOVE to see someone audit the Congressman’s Capitol Hill Club expense sheets.
@TrueWords: He started out at minimum wage and climbed the economic ladder to steal taxpayer’s money
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