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Then-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., answers questions about his lavish spending, including redecorating his Washington office in the style of the PBS television series “Downton Abbey.”. (AP Photo/Peoria Journal Star, Ron Johnson)

Federal agents are seeking documents from former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) that relate to a major GOP political vendor under indictment for allegedly conspiring to funnel foreign funds into a U.S. mayoral election, according to recently unsealed court documents and an OpenSecrets Blog analysis of campaign finance data.

The vendor, ElectionMall Inc., and its CEO, Ravneet Singh, allegedly played a significant role in a San Diego campaign finance scandal that unfolded in the 2012 election. Prosecutors alleged in an August 2014 indictment that ElectionMall took payments from a wealthy Mexican businessman to do social media outreach, valued at nearly $200,000, for a candidate in the 2012 San Diego mayoral race. Other players in the same scandal allegedly conspired to give $30,000 in foreign funds to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to the indictment and campaign finance records. It is unclear why prosecutors are seeking Schock’s records on ElectionMall, but the firm counted Schock’s congressional campaign and joint fundraising committee among its 49 clients during the time when the alleged conspiracy took place. Between 2010 and 2014, the two Schock committees paid ElectionMall $69,641, mostly for website development. Singh was arrested in January 2014 and pleaded not guilty. He considered himself a “social media guru,” according to the 2014 indictment, and seemed a natural fit with the web-savvy Schock,…

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