Mistresses and pet rabbit airline seat: Rep. Duncan Hunter campaign finance spending saga nears end

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 03: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) walks out of Federal Courthouse on December 3, 2019 in San Diego, California. Congressman Hunter is expected to plead guilty to charges that he violated federal campaign finance laws by using campaign funds for extensive personal expenses.(Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

It began more than three years ago with reports Rep. Duncan D. Hunter used campaign funds to pay for $600 of airline fees to fly a pet rabbit cross-country.

It mushroomed into courtroom revelations showing that the California Republican and father of three had multiple extramarital affairs.

And it’s ending with a plea agreement by Hunter, 42, for charges of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations on personal expenses. Hunter, first elected to the House in 2008 and the namesake of his father, former Rep. Duncan Hunter, who kept the seat for 28 years before that, will be under pressure from Republican congressional leaders to resign.

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