9 months, 4 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Peoria Congressman allegedly solicited contributions of more than $5,000 for a political action committee to help an Illinois colleague
From chicagotribune.com: Congressional investigators have recommended a full House Ethics Committee probe of Rep. Aaron Schock for allegedly soliciting contributions of more than $5,000 for a political action committee to help an Illinois colleague engaged in a bitter primary battle last year, records released today showed.
Moreover, the Office of Congressional Ethics also listed Rep. Rodney Davis, elected last November as a new GOP congressman from southern Illinois, as a “non-cooperating witness” in its investigation into how funds flowed into the PAC, the Campaign for Primary Accountability.
Among the PAC’s top funders is Joe Ricketts, whose family’s trust was used to buy the Chicago Cubs.
In releasing the investigatory report on Schock, the House Ethics Committee had no comment “pending completion of its initial review.”
Under an FEC advisory opinion, lawmakers can solicit donations of up to $5,000 for independent expenditure political action committees. Schock’s attorneys contended the lawmaker’s actions had nothing to do with his role as a House member and that his communications did not fit the definition of “solicitation” under the FEC’s regulations.
“The release by the Ethics Committee of this report from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is just one more step in the long process of adjudicating ethics complaints that can be submitted by anyone for any reason,” Steve Dutton, Schock’s communications director, said in a statement.