Newspaper report questions spending by AG’s office under Hill

A newspaper investigation has exposed questionable spending of taxpayer money by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office under embattled Republican officeholder Curtis Hill.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported this week that Hill keeps a publicly funded satellite office he uses in his hometown of Elkhart, and that the AG doesn’t spend much time in the Capitol. “No other state officeholder has a second office elsewhere,” the newspaper asserted.

Hill did not respond to the newspaper’s request for an interview, but staff members denied any improprieties.

Among other things, the report also raises questions about a staff member who was paid with public money and with Hill’s campaign funds, as well as the office’s refusal to use state travel and purchase card systems that are subject to public disclosure on the state’s online budget transparency portal. 

The report comes as Hill awaits the outcome of an unprecedented four-day disciplinary hearing against an attorney general over allegations that he groped a lawmaker and legislative aides. Hearing officer and former Justice Myra Selby has yet to file a report with her recommendations, which will be forwarded to the Indiana Supreme Court to decide what discipline, if any, will be imposed on Hill.

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