Ex-Congressman Pete Stark partying on with campaign dollars

Hula MonstersFormer Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) isn’t letting his ouster from the U.S. House of Representatives bring him down. In fact, the 81-year-old used some leftover campaign cash to throw a hula party.

Campaign finances aren’t supposed to be put toward personal use, but Stark could have needed the Hawaiian pick-me-up after being removed from his seat for the first time in 40 years.

National Journal reported Stark delved into his leftover campaign funds to rent a $440 tent from “Absolute Party Rental” and booked the Hula Monsters, a band rocking Hawaiian shirts and playing eclectic music, for $1,800 to play a four-hour concert.

The Hula Monsters, who are “always on the look out for a Luau (sic),” according to their Facebook page, have been performing since 1988. Their repertoire includes rockabilly, blues, country and jazz.

And the Hula Monsters promise to sing all their songs with the “Hula Monster Hawaiian accent.”

The band’s drummer, Ben Holmes, told National Journal the shindig was “just a thank-you party for [Stark’s] folks.” But with his wife, Deborah, acting as treasurer and keeper of his campaign dollars, the party was sure to be a family affair.

Stark was defeated by fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell in November. At just 32 years old, Swalwell convinced voters that Stark had simply outgrown his constituents. The former top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, Stark was known for his outrageous and insensitive comments made from the House floor.

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