INDIANAPOLIS – Congressman Rokita entered this race vowing to take on the “professional political class,” but he’s exactly the type of Washington career politician he likes to rail against. After having spent nearly his entire adult life as a politician, he sees nothing wrong with using his taxpayer-funded office for political gain.
Congressman Rokita has spent more than 20 years on a taxpayer-funded salary and has held public office since 2002. Throughout his tenure, he’s repeatedly used the resources of his elected offices as leverage to climb the next rung on the political ladder. He has been accused of pay-to-play schemes, including one in which he received more than $150,000 from the tribal gaming lobby, and he has spent more than $3 million over the last 12 years on taxpayer-funded political communications, especially when running for higher office. He’s also used campaign funds to enrich himself and his family, including as payments for flights in his private plane.
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