Hunter's spokesman Joe Kasper called the rabbit travel and other personal expenses "nothing more than an oversight. In fact, it’s such an obvious example of a mistake being made but (the office) wants to view it through a lens of possible intent. The same goes for many other expenditures. Many of Rep. Hunter’s repayments had to do with mistakes under specific circumstances, and in other cases there were bona fide campaign activities connected to expenditures that (the office) was not aware of and didn’t account for.”
Beside the rabbit transportation fees, Hunter eventually had to reimburse his campaign $62,000 in charges that were either personal in nature or lacked proper documentation. According to the Union-Tribune these "included including oral surgery, a garage door, video games, resort stays and a jewelry purchase in Italy." Release of the investigative report into Hunter's campaign spending was postponed till after this week's swearing.