Complaint Filed Against 23 House Republicans For Illegal Agreement To Misuse Taxpayer Funds

  • metta

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    Oct 16, 2015 2:31 AM GMT
    Complaint Filed Against 23 House Republicans For Illegal Agreement To Misuse Taxpayer Funds

    "The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) has filed a complaint with the House Office of Congressional Ethics that accuses 23 House Republicans of violating federal law (31 U.S.C. § 1301) by using official government resources for political purposes.

    The 23 House Republicans are Reps. Stephen Knight, Barbara Comstock, Rodney Davis, Jeff Denham, Dan Benishek, Tim Walberg, Martha McSally, David Valadao, Mike Coffman, Carlos Curbelo, David Young, Bob Dold, Mike Bost, Bruce Poliquin, Frank Guinta, Cresent Hardy, Lee Zeldin, John Katko, Will Hurd, Ryan Costello, Elise Stefanik, Daniel Donovan and Mike Bishop.

    According to a statement from the ADLF, “These Members violated these rules by entering into the “Patriot Program Contract 2015,” a contract with the National Republican Congressional Committee agreeing to provide details of the Members’ legislative strategy, including a “detailed finance plan and budget,” in exchange for “special attention” and “campaign cash.” The intent of the contract is for Members to use the official resources available to them to coordinate and detail their legislative strategies and plans with the NRCC.”

    What House Republicans are doing is not only against ethics rules, it is a violation of federal law."
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    Oct 16, 2015 2:45 AM GMT
    But who has authority to enforce that law, against Members of the House? This may have some technical legal points, but in reality none of them are prosecutable. Not while both houses of Congress are controlled by Republicans.

    And Federal courts are very reluctant to allow cases that are viewed as political in nature against sitting members of Congress. Especially after GW Bush packed the courts with Right Wing fanatics. This may have merit, but it will have no traction.