The 18th District is big, but it’s not that big. According to Blue Nation Review, Aaron Schock claimed;
- A $9,433 mileage reimbursement from his campaign on August 14, 2014 followed by an $8,921 mileage reimbursement from his PAC just three weeks later on September 3, 2014. Assuming a reimbursement rate of 56 cents per mile, that means Schock drove nearly 33,000 miles, although we don’t know what time periods cover those miles.
- A reimbursement for $44,245 from his campaign on April 1, 2009. This total includes $7,463 spent on a chauffeured limousine service in Washington, D.C.
As originally reported by the Chicago Sun Times, a $7,500 reimbursement from his PAC for legal fees that Schock incurred personally from a white collar criminal defense firm called Schertler & Onorato, LLP. If Schock’s PAC had been the client, why wouldn’t the law firm bill the PAC directly?
Schock’s mileage reimbursements (again, assuming a 56-cent per mile reimbursement rate) would total nearly 100,000 miles driven, which is nearly half the distance to the moon.
Again, Blue Nation Review is a progressive publication. But unless they are making up this stuff whole cloth, Schock has some explaining to do.