Congressman Duncan Hunter and wife charged with campaign finance violations

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Collins was charged this month with insider trading; the Justice Department alleged he plotted with his son to avoid losses on an investment. Collins, who has suspended his re-election campaign, has called the charges baseless.

The Hunters pleaded not guilty to the charges entered against them on Thursday.

As the primaries took place on June 5, there is no mechanism to replace Hunter on the ballot, which means his Democrat challenger, Ammar Campa-Najjar, will basically run uncontested despite winning less than 18 percent of the primary vote.

"She was also the campaign manager, so whatever she did, that'll be looked at too, I'm sure", Hunter said during an appearance on Fox News.

"My campaign did make mistakes", Hunter said in the Fox interview. Hunter's wife - who was paid $116,000 by his campaign between 2010 and 2017 and given access to campaign funds as a consultant - dismissed campaign finance rules as "silly" when pressed by the campaign treasurer on her spending, according to the indictment'.

Protesters outside of the San Diego Federal Courthouse during an arraignment hearing for Congressman Duncan Hunter on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in San Diego, CA.

CNN reports that since the allegations first surfaced in 2016 Hunter has repaid approximately $US65,000 ($88,348) of the $US250,000 ($339,800) in misspent funds.

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The bunny ears were a reference to one of the expenses Hunter incurred using campaign funds, $600 to fly a pet rabbit in the cabin of an airliner.

Hunter, whose father, Duncan Hunter, Sr., also served in Congress, represents conservative portions of San Diego and Riverside counties in a seat that is generally considered safe for Republicans.

Hunter calls the indictment politically motivated.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales did not change the Likely Republican rating for California's 50th District race, since it was already competitive but at the same time is a staunchly conservative district.

But in their headline about him, Fox News chose to lead with a much more inflammatory point: that he is the grandson of a Black September terrorist who helped plot the 1972 Munich Olympic attack.

The area will be hard to pry away from Republican control, but in a sign of the Democrats' determination, top strategist Joe Trippi - whose advice helped Democrat Doug Jones defeat Republican Roy Moore in a U.S. Senate race in deep-red Alabama past year, signed on last month to lead Campa-Najjar's campaign.

One military veteran who worked in Hunter's office said that other combat veterans felt like the congressman gave them a voice on Capitol Hill. He got in and removed a "Lock me up!" sign shoved onto the windshield as he was driven away.

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