First Quarter 2016 Report

OCE First Quarter 2016 Report

Below is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE in the first quarter of 2016.

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Below is a chart of the matters the OCE has referred to the Committee on Ethics pending release.

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OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Alan Grayson

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Alan Grayson

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Alan Grayson Exhibits 1 of 3

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Alan Grayson Exhibits 2 of 3

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Alan Grayson Exhibits 3 of 3 

 

On January 6, 2016, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Alan Grayson.


Nature of Review

Representative Grayson operates a hedge fund and directed multiple law firms, all of which may have provided professional services involving a fiduciary relationship. If Representative Grayson received compensation from, or permitted the use of his name by, an entity that provides professional services involving a fiduciary relationship, during his congressional service, then he may have violated federal law, House rules, and standards of conduct.

Representative Grayson may have maintained a contingent fee interest in legal proceedings in which the United States government had a direct and substantial interest during his time in Congress. If Representative Grayson agreed to receive compensation, for representational services performed by others, while he was a Member of Congress, in proceedings involving the government, then he may have violated federal law.

Representative Grayson may have omitted required information from his annual financial disclosure statements related to reportable assets, income, agreements, and positions. If Representative Grayson did not include required information in his annual financial disclosure statements, then he may have violated federal law, House rules, and standards of conduct.

Representative Grayson’s congressional staffer may have used official resources, including staff time, to perform work for Representative Grayson’s hedge fund. If Representative Grayson’s staffer used official resources for unofficial purposes, then Representative Grayson may have violated federal law, House rules, and standards of conduct.

Representative Grayson served as a limited partner in three energy-sector limited partnerships that, through their subsidiaries, may have held contracts with the federal government during Representative Grayson’s congressional service. If Representative Grayson held or enjoyed contracts or agreements with the federal government, as a result of his limited partnership interests, while serving in Congress, then he may have violated federal law.

Representative Grayson may have participated in multiple press interviews that focused primarily on his Senate campaign, from his official office, and may have used campaign resources to facilitate these interviews. If Representative Grayson used official resources for campaign purposes, then he may have violated federal law, House rules, and standards of conduct.

 

OCE Recommendations

The Board recommends that the Committee further review the allegation that Representative Grayson may have permitted the use of his name and received compensation from entities providing professional services involving a fiduciary relationship, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Grayson improperly allowed the use of his name by four entities connected to Representative Grayson’s hedge fund and Grayson Consulting, Inc. of Virginia, and received compensation through management fees from the Grayson Fund Management Company, LLC.

The Board recommends that the Committee further review the allegation that Representative Grayson agreed to receive compensation for representational services rendered by another at a time when he was a Member of Congress in proceedings in which the United States had a direct and substantial interest, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Grayson improperly maintained a contingent fee interest in at least seven cases brought under the False Claims Act that were pending during Representative Grayson’s congressional service.

The Board recommends that the Committee further review the allegation that Representative Grayson did not report required information in his annual financial disclosure statements, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Grayson improperly omitted information related to his assets, unearned and earned income, reportable agreements and positions from his disclosure statements.

The Board recommends that the Committee further review the allegation that Representative Grayson may have permitted the use of official resources to support an outside business, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Grayson’s staffer improperly used official resources for unofficial purposes.

The Board recommends that the Committee further review the allegation that Representative Grayson held an agreement with the United States while serving in Congress, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Grayson improperly held agreements with the federal government while serving as a member of three limited partnerships.

The Board recommends that the Committee further review the allegation that Representative Grayson used official resources for campaign purposes, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Grayson improperly participated in campaign-focused interviews from his official office.  

 

Committee Conclusion

On April 5, 2016, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating it would continue to gather information necessary to complete its review. The Committee published the OCE report and findings and announced the allegations would be further reviewed pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).

Fourth Quarter 2015 Report

OCE Fourth Quarter 2015 Report

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE in the fourth quarter of 2015


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Above is a chart of the matters the OCE has referred to the Committee on Ethics pending release.

 

December 14, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Jared Polis

 
On October 30, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Jared Polis.
 
 
Nature of Review
 
Representative Jared Polis appeared in a video produced and distributed by the video game company Riot Games, in which he is seen playing the company’s League of Legends video game. If Representative Polis’ appearance in the company’s video could be perceived as an official endorsement of the company’s product or if Representative Polis used official resources in a manner that promoted Riot Games’ business, then he may have violated federal law and House rules.
 
Representative Polis participated in a makeover and photo shoot with Ninox Design, LLC (“Ninox”), a menswear company based in his congressional district. Photographs from the makeover were subsequently used by the menswear company to advertise and promote its products. If Representative Polis’ participation in the makeover could be perceived as an official endorsement of the company’s products or if Representative Polis used official resources in a manner that promoted Ninox’s business, then he may have violated federal law and House rules.
 
 
OCE Recommendations
 
The Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation that Representative Polis engaged in activity that could be perceived as an endorsement of a Riot Games’ product and used official resources in a manner that promoted Riot Games’ business, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Polis engaged in such activity or used official resources in such a manner, in violation of federal law and House rules.
 
The Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation that Representative Polis engaged in activity that could be perceived as an endorsement of Ninox’s products and used official resources in a manner that promoted Ninox’s business, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Polis engaged in such activity or used official resources in such a manner, in violation of federal law and House rules.
 
Committee Conclusion

 

On December 14, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released a report dismissing the matter, determined not to take further action, and considered the matter closed.

October 28, 2015 - Third Quarter 2015 Report

OCE Third Quarter 2015 Report (PDF 340KB)

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE in the third quarter of 2015

October 7, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. James Bridenstine

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. James Bridenstine (PDF 2 MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. James Bridenstine Exhibits 1 of 2 (PDF 6.4 MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. James Bridenstine Exhibits 2 of 2 (PDF 17.2 MB)

 

On May 8, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. James Bridenstine.

 

Nature of Review

In May 2013, Representative Bridenstine traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan. The travel was disclosed to the Committee on Ethics as funded and sponsored solely by a single private, non-profit source. However, various additional entities that were not disclosed to the Committee on Ethics appear to have been funders or organizers, or both, of the trip. Some of these additional entities appear to have been prohibited by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law from providing such congressional travel.

If the trip was funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel, then Representative Bridenstine may have received an impermissible gift of travel expenses in violation of House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning the trip, as there is a substantial reason to believe that although Representative Bridenstine did not knowingly accept, he nevertheless received an impermissible gift of travel proscribed by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

Committee Conclusion

On July 31, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released the OCE report regarding Rep. Bridenstine but not the findings.

 

Public Disclosure

On September 25, 2015, the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted to release the OCE’s report and findings in this matter.  The Board acted pursuant to House Resolution 895 of the 110th Congress § 1(f)(1)(B) (2008), which provides that the Board may release “any communication” pursuant to its rules or as “necessary to conduct official business.”

 

Statement of the Office of Congressional Ethics Regarding Release of Findings of Fact (PDF 41 KB)

 

October 7, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Yvette Clarke

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Yvette Clarke (PDF 2.7 MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Yvette Clarke Exhibits 1 of 2 (PDF 6.4 MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Yvette Clarke Exhibits 2 of 2 (PDF 17.8 MB)

 

On May 8, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Yvette Clarke.

 

Nature of Review

In May 2013, Representative Clarke traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan and Turkey. The travel was disclosed to the Committee on Ethics as funded and sponsored solely by a single private, non-profit source. However, various additional entities that were not disclosed to the Committee on Ethics appear to have been funders or organizers, or both, of the trip. Some of these additional entities appear to have been prohibited by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law from providing such congressional travel.

If the trip was funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel, then Representative Clarke may have received an impermissible gift of travel expenses in violation of House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning the trip, as there is substantial reason to believe that although Representative Clarke did not knowingly accept, she nevertheless received an impermissible gift of travel proscribed by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

Committee Conclusion

On July 31, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released the OCE report regarding Rep. Clarke but not the findings.

 

Public Disclosure

On September 25, 2015, the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted to release the OCE’s report and findings in this matter.  The Board acted pursuant to House Resolution 895 of the 110th Congress § 1(f)(1)(B) (2008), which provides that the Board may release “any communication” pursuant to its rules or as “necessary to conduct official business.”

Statement of the Office of Congressional Ethics Regarding Release of Findings of Fact (PDF 41KB)

 

October 7, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Danny K. Davis

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Danny K. Davis (PDF 3 MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Danny K. Davis Exhibits 1 of 2 (PDF 6.4 MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Danny K. Davis Exhibits 2 of 2 (PDF 16.9 MB)

 

On May 8, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Danny K. Davis.

 

Nature of Review

In May 2013, Representative Davis traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan. The travel was disclosed to the Committee on Ethics as funded and sponsored solely by a single private, nonprofit source. However, various additional entities that were not disclosed to the Committee on Ethics appear to have been funders or organizers, or both, of the trip. Some of these additional entities appear to have been prohibited by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law from providing such congressional travel.

If the trip was funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel, then Representative Davis may have received an impermissible gift of travel expenses in violation of House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning the trip, as there is substantial reason to believe that although Representative Davis did not knowingly accept, he nevertheless received an impermissible gift of travel proscribed by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

Committee Conclusion

On July 31, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released the OCE report regarding Rep. Davis but not the findings.

  

Public Disclosure

On September 25, 2015, the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted to release the OCE’s report and findings in this matter.  The Board acted pursuant to House Resolution 895 of the 110th Congress § 1(f)(1)(B) (2008), which provides that the Board may release “any communication” pursuant to its rules or as “necessary to conduct official business.”

 

Statement of the Office of Congressional Ethics Regarding Release of Findings of Fact (41 KB)

July 31, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ruben Hinojosa

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (PDF 2.9MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ruben Hinojosa Exhibits 1 of 2 (PDF 6.4MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ruben Hinojosa Exhibits 2 of 2 (PDF 16.7MB)

 

On May 8, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Rubén Hinojosa.

 

Nature of Review

In May 2013, Representative Hinojosa traveled to Turkey and Baku, Azerbaijan. The travel was disclosed to the Committee on Ethics as funded and sponsored solely by a single private, non-profit source. However, various additional entities that were not disclosed to the Committee on Ethics appear to have been funders or organizers, or both, of the trip. Some of these additional entities appear to have been prohibited by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law from providing such congressional travel.

If the trip was funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel, then Representative Hinojosa may have received an impermissible gift of travel expenses in violation of House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning the trip, as there is substantial reason to believe that although Representative Hinojosa did not knowingly accept, he nevertheless received an impermissible gift of travel proscribed by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

Committee Conclusion

On July 31, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released the OCE report regarding Rep. Hinojosa but not the findings.

 

Public Disclosure

On September 25, 2015, the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted to release the OCE’s report and findings in this matter.  The Board acted pursuant to House Resolution 895 of the 110th Congress § 1(f)(1)(B) (2008), which provides that the Board may release “any communication” pursuant to its rules or as “necessary to conduct official business.”

 

Statement of the Office of Congressional Ethics Regarding Release of Findings of Fact (PDF 41KB)

October 7, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (PDF 1.6MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Exhibits 1 of 2 (PDF 6.3MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Exhibits 2 of 2 (PDF (16.5MB)

 

On May 8, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

 

Nature of Review

In May 2013, Representative Jackson Lee traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan. The travel was disclosed to the Committee on Ethics as funded and sponsored solely by a single private, nonprofit source. However, various additional entities that were not disclosed to the Committee on Ethics appear to have been funders or organizers, or both, of the trip. Some of these additional entities appear to have been prohibited by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law from providing such congressional travel.

If the trip was funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel, then Representative Jackson Lee may have received an impermissible gift of travel expenses in violation of House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning the trip, as there is substantial reason to believe that although Representative Jackson Lee did not knowingly accept, she nevertheless received an impermissible gift of travel proscribed by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

Committee Conclusion

On July 31, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released the OCE report regarding Rep. Jackson Lee but not the findings.

 

Public Disclosure

On September 25, 2015, the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted to release the OCE’s report and findings in this matter.  The Board acted pursuant to House Resolution 895 of the 110th Congress § 1(f)(1)(B) (2008), which provides that the Board may release “any communication” pursuant to its rules or as “necessary to conduct official business.”

 

Statement of the Office of Congressional Ethics Regarding Release of Findings of Fact (PDF 41KB)

October 7, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Leonard Lance

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Leonard Lance (PDF 1.6MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Leonard Lance Exhibits 1 of 2 (PDF (6.3 MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Leonard Lance Exhibits 2 of 2 (PDF 16.1MB)

 

On May 8, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Leonard Lance.

 

Nature of Review

In May 2013, Representative Lance traveled to Turkey and Baku, Azerbaijan. The travel was disclosed to the Committee on Ethics as funded and sponsored solely by a single private, nonprofit source. However, various additional entities that were not disclosed to the Committee on Ethics appear to have been funders or organizers, or both, of the trip. Some of these additional entities appear to have been prohibited by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law from providing such congressional travel.

If the trip was funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel, then Representative Lance may have received an impermissible gift of travel expenses in violation of House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning the trip, as there is substantial reason to believe that although Representative Lance did not knowingly accept, he nevertheless received an impermissible gift of travel proscribed by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

Committee Conclusion

On July 31, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released the OCE report regarding Rep. Lance but not the findings.

 

Public Disclosure

On September 25, 2015, the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted to release the OCE’s report and findings in this matter.  The Board acted pursuant to House Resolution 895 of the 110th Congress § 1(f)(1)(B) (2008), which provides that the Board may release “any communication” pursuant to its rules or as “necessary to conduct official business.”

 

Statement of the Office of Congressional Ethics Regarding Release of Findings of Fact (PDF 41KB)

October 7, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (PDF 1.8 MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Exhibits 1 of 2 (PDF 6.4 MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Exhibits 2 of 2 (PDF 17.5 MB)

 

On May 8, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

 

Nature of Review

In May 2013, Representative Lujan Grisham traveled to Turkey and Baku, Azerbaijan. The travel was disclosed to the Committee on Ethics as funded and sponsored solely by a single private, non-profit source. However, various additional entities that were not disclosed to the Committee on Ethics appear to have been funders or organizers, or both, of the trip. Some of these additional entities appear to have been prohibited by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law from providing such congressional travel.

If the trip was funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel, then Representative Lujan Grisham may have received an impermissible gift of travel expenses in violation of House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning the trip, as there is substantial reason to believe that although Representative Lujan Grisham did not knowingly accept, she nevertheless received an impermissible gift of travel proscribed by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

Committee Conclusion

On July 31, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released the OCE report regarding Rep. Lujan Grisham but not the findings.

 

Public Disclosure

On September 25, 2015, the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted to release the OCE’s report and findings in this matter.  The Board acted pursuant to House Resolution 895 of the 110th Congress § 1(f)(1)(B) (2008), which provides that the Board may release “any communication” pursuant to its rules or as “necessary to conduct official business.”

 

Statement of the Office of Congressional Ethics Regarding Release of Findings of Fact (PDF 41 KB)

October 7, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Gregory Meeks

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Gregory Meeks (PDF 1.7MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Gregory Meeks Exhibits 1 of 2 (PDF 6.4MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Gregory Meeks Exhibits 2 of 2 (PDF 16.7MB)

 

On May 8, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Gregory Meeks.

 

Nature of Review

In May 2013, Representative Meeks traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan. The travel was disclosed to the Committee on Ethics as funded and sponsored solely by a single private, nonprofit source. However, various additional entities that were not disclosed to the Committee on Ethics appear to have been funders or organizers, or both, of the trip. Some of these additional entities appear to have been prohibited by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law from providing such congressional travel.

If the trip was funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel, then Representative Meeks may have received an impermissible gift of travel expenses in violation of House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning the trip, as there is substantial reason to believe that although Representative Meeks did not knowingly accept, he nevertheless received an impermissible gift of travel proscribed by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

Committee Conclusion

On July 31, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released the OCE report regarding Rep. Meeks but not the findings.

 

Public Disclosure

On September 25, 2015, the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted to release the OCE’s report and findings in this matter.  The Board acted pursuant to House Resolution 895 of the 110th Congress § 1(f)(1)(B) (2008), which provides that the Board may release “any communication” pursuant to its rules or as “necessary to conduct official business.”

 

Statement of the Office of Congressional Ethics Regarding Release of Findings of Fact (PDF 41KB)

October 7, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ted Poe

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ted Poe (PDF 99KB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ted Poe Exhibits 1 of 2 (PDF 6.4MB)

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ted Poe Exhibits 2 of 2 (PDF 16.8MB)

 

On May 8, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Ted Poe.

 

Nature of Review

In May 2013, Representative Poe traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan. The travel was disclosed to the Committee on Ethics as funded and sponsored solely by a single private, nonprofit source. However, various additional entities that were not disclosed to the Committee on Ethics appear to have been funders or organizers, or both, of the trip. Some of these additional entities appear to have been prohibited by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law from providing such congressional travel.

If the trip was funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel, then Representative Poe may have received an impermissible gift of travel expenses in violation of House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning the trip, as there is substantial reason to believe that although Representative Poe did not knowingly accept, he nevertheless received an impermissible gift of travel proscribed by House rules and regulations, standards of conduct, and federal law.

 

Committee Conclusion

On July 31, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released the OCE report regarding Rep. Poe but not the findings.

 

Public Disclosure

On September 25, 2015, the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted to release the OCE’s report and findings in this matter.  The Board acted pursuant to House Resolution 895 of the 110th Congress § 1(f)(1)(B) (2008), which provides that the Board may release “any communication” pursuant to its rules or as “necessary to conduct official business.”

 

Statement of the Office of Congressional Ethics Regarding Release of Findings of Fact (PDF 41KB)

September 3, 2015 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Mike Honda

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Mike Honda (PDF 13MB)

On June 5, 2015, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Mike Honda.

Nature of Review

Representative Honda and members of his congressional staff may have used official resources, including staff time, to benefit his campaigns.  If Representative Honda used official resources for campaign purposes, then he may have violated federal law, House rules, and standards of conduct.

Representative Honda and members of his congressional staff may have improperly tied official activities, including a roundtable event with a State Department official, to past or potential campaign or political support.  If Representative Honda improperly linked official activities to campaign or political support, then he may have violated House rules and standards of conduct.

Representative Honda may have used his congressional staff to assist with personal matters.  If Representative Honda used congressional staff for personal errands or business, then he may have violated House rules and standards of conduct.

OCE Recommendations

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation that Representative Honda used official resources for campaign purposes, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Honda and members of his congressional staff used official resources, including staff time, to benefit his campaign.

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation that Representative Honda improperly linked official activities to campaign or political support, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Honda improperly tied official events to past or potential campaign or political support.

The Board recommended that the Committee on Ethics dismiss the allegation that Representative Honda used congressional staff to assist with personal matters, as there is not substantial reason to believe that Representative Honda used congressional staff for personal errands or business.

Committee Conclusion

On September 3, 2015, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating it would continue to gather information necessary to complete its review. The Committee published the OCE report and findings and announced the allegations would be further reviewed pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).

July 29, 2015 - OCE Second Quarter 2015 Report

OCE Second Quarter 2015 Report (PDF 57KB)

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE in the second quarter of 2015.

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Above is a chart of the matters the OCE has referred to the Committee on Ethics pending release.

April 30, 2015 - OCE First Quarter 2015 Report

OCE First Quarter 2015 Report (PDF 68KB)

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE in the first quarter of 2015.

1 A subject of a preliminary review resigned before the OCE completed its investigation. Accordingly, the Board took no further action and the review terminated of its own accord, without a vote of the Board.

January 29, 2015 - OCE Fourth Quarter 2014 Report

OCE Fourth Quarter 2014 Report (PDF 76KB)

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE in the 113th Congress.

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE since it began conducting investigations in February 2009.

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Above is a graphical explanation of the preliminary reviews the OCE has conducted since it began investigations.

November 10, 2014 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Bobby Rush

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Bobby Rush (PDF 9MB)

On June 10, 2014, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Bobby Rush.

Nature of Review

Representative Bobby Rush’s state and federal campaign committees may have accepted in-kind contributions, in the form of free office rental space, in violation of Illinois state law, House rules, and federal law.  By accepting these contributions, Representative Rush may have accepted gifts or special favors in violation of House rules and standards of conduct.  Representative Rush’s congressional campaign committee (“Citizens for Rush”) may have also made donations to the Beloved Community Christian Church (“the Church”) in violation of House rules and federal law.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommends that the Committee further review the above allegation concerning Representative Rush’s office rental space because there is a substantial reason to believe that Representative Rush’s state and federal campaign committees accepted in-kind contributions in violation of Illinois state law, House rules, and federal law.

The Board of the OCE recommends that the Committee further review the above allegation concerning Representative Rush’s office rental space because there is a substantial reason to believe that Representative Rush accepted impermissible gifts or special favors in violation of House rules and standards of conduct.

The Board of the OCE also recommends that the Committee dismiss the above allegation concerning Citizens for Rush’s donations to the Church because there is not a substantial reason to believe a violation of House rules, standards of conduct, or federal law occurred.

Committee Conclusion

On November 10, 2014, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating it would continue to gather information necessary to complete its review.  The Committee published the OCE report and findings and announced the allegations would be further reviewed pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).

November 10, 2014 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ed Whitfield

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ed Whitfield (PDF 10MB)

On June 10, 2014, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Ed Whitfield.

Nature of Review

From 2011 to 2014, Representative Ed Whitfield’s wife, who is a registered lobbyist, lobbied on numerous bills, including bills that Representative Whitfield sponsored or co-sponsored.  Representative Whitfield’s wife contacted his congressional staff in connection with her lobbying efforts.  Representative Whitfield and his wife held joint meetings with other congressional offices related to legislation she lobbied.

If Representative Whitfield permitted his wife to lobby him or his congressional staff, then he may have violated House rules and standards of conduct.

If Representative Whitfield granted special favors or privileges to his wife, in her capacity as a lobbyist, and to her employer, then he may have violated House rules and standards of conduct.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation concerning the lobbying contacts of Representative Whitfield’s wife because there is a substantial reason to believe that Representative Whitfield had lobbying contacts with his wife and permitted his wife to have lobbying contacts with his staff in violation of House rules and standards of conduct.

The Board of the OCE also recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations concerning the  granting of special favors or privileges because there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Whitfield permitted his wife to use his congressional office to advance and facilitate her lobbying activities and the lobbying activities of her employer in violation of House rules and standards of conduct.

Committee Conclusion

On November 10, 2014, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating it would continue to gather information necessary to complete its review.  The Committee published the OCE report and findings and announced the allegations would be further reviewed pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).

October 29, 2014 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Paul Broun

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Paul Broun (PDF 12MB)

On July 31, 2014, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Paul Broun.

Nature of Review

From June 2012 to March 2014, Representative Paul Broun retained O’Donnell & Associates, owned and operated by a communications adviser, to provide communications services to his congressional office. Representative Broun’s office paid O’Donnell & Associates $43,750 for services rendered between June 2012 and March 2014. During the exact same period of time, Communications Adviser provided extensive campaign communications and debate consulting services to Representative Broun’s election campaigns.

If Representative Broun used funds from his Members’ Representational Allowance (“MRA”) for an impermissible purpose—to retain an individual as a consultant to his congressional office—then he may have violated House rules and federal law.

If Representative Broun used MRA funds to pay for services provided to one or more of his election campaigns, then he may have violated House rules and federal law.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning use of the MRA to retain a consultant, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Broun used MRA funds to retain an individual as a consultant to his congressional office, in violation of House rules and federal law.

The Board of the OCE also recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegation concerning use of the MRA for campaign-related services, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Broun used MRA funds to compensate an individual for services provided to one or more of his election campaigns, in violation of House rules and federal law.

Committee Conclusion

On October 29, 2014, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating it would continue to gather information necessary to complete its review. The Committee published the OCE report and findings and announced the allegations would be further reviewed pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).

October 28, 2014 - OCE Third Quarter 2014 Report

OCE Third Quarter 2014 Report (PDF 69KB)

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE in the third quarter of 2014.

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Above is a chart of the matters the OCE has referred to the Committee on Ethics pending release.

September 30, 2014 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Thomas Petri

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Thomas Petri (PDF 5.3MB)

On July 2, 2014, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Thomas Petri.

Nature of Review

From 2008 to 2013, Representative Thomas Petri and his congressional office performed official actions on behalf of the Oshkosh Corporation, the Manitowoc Company, and the Plum Creek Timber Company. At the time that Representative Petri and his congressional office took these official actions, he or his wife owned stock in each of the companies.

If Representative Petri or his congressional office improperly performed an official act on behalf of a company in which he had a financial interest, then he may have violated House rules and standards of conduct.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Petri improperly performed official acts on behalf of companies in which he had a financial interest, in violation of House rules and standards of conduct.

Committee Conclusion

On September 30, 2014, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating it would continue to gather information necessary to complete its review. The Committee published the OCE report and findings and announced the allegations would be further reviewed pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).

July 23, 2014 - OCE Second Quarter 2014 Report

OCE Second Quarter 2014 Report (PDF 75KB)

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE in the second quarter of 2014.

1 The OCE considered and voted to refer to the Committee on Ethics one matter in the second quarter, which was finalized and transmitted in the third quarter. This case will be accounted for in the third quarter report.

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE since it began conducting investigations in February 2009.

2 Subjects of five second-phase reviews resigned before the OCE completed its investigations.  Therefore, the Board took no further actions.

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Above is a graphical explanation of the preliminary reviews the OCE has conducted since it began conducting investigations.

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Above is a chart of the matters the OCE has referred to the Committee on Ethics pending release.

June 11, 2014 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Steve Stockman

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Steve Stockman (PDF 16MB)

On March 13, 2014, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Steve Stockman

Nature of Review

In February 2013, Representative Steve Stockman accepted contributions to his congressional campaign committee, Friends of Congressman Steve Stockman, from two employees of his congressional office.  Representative Stockman’s congressional campaign committee subsequently filed Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) reports identifying the contributions made by his congressional employees as having been made by family members of the employees.

In addition, Representative Stockman may have retained these two individuals as full-time employees in his congressional office during a period when those employees were only performing official duties on a part-time basis, and therefore not performing official duties commensurate with the compensation they received.

If Representative Stockman conspired to accept contributions to his congressional campaign committee from individuals who were employed by his congressional office, then he may have violated federal law and House rules.

If Representative Stockman made false statements and endeavored to impede the Office of Congressional Ethics (“OCE”) inquiry when he filed Payroll Authorization Forms with the House Office of Payroll and Benefits in December 2013, purporting to document the termination of Mr. Posey and Mr. Dodd from his congressional staff on February 12, 2013, and their re-hiring on February 13, 2013, then he may have violated federal law and House rules.

If Representative Stockman’s campaign committee filed FEC reports falsely identifying the contributions made by his congressional employees as having been made by family members of the employees, then he may have violated federal law and House rules.

If Representative Stockman compensated individuals as full-time employees in his congressional office when those individuals were performing official duties only on a part-time basis, then he may have violated House rules.

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation concerning Representative Stockman’s acceptance of campaign contributions from his congressional employees, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Stockman accepted contributions from individuals who were employed by his congressional office at the time the contributions were made, in violation of federal law and House Rules.

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation concerning Representative Stockman’s submission of Payroll Authorization Forms, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Stockman made false statements and endeavored to impede the OCE inquiry when he filed those forms with the House Office of Payroll and Benefits in December 2013, purporting to document the termination of Mr. Posey and Mr. Dodd from his congressional staff on February 12, 2013, and their re-hiring on February 13, 2013, in violation of federal law and House rules.

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation concerning the reporting to the FEC of the contributions made by Representative Stockman’s congressional employees, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Stockman failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that those contributions were properly reported on his campaign’s FEC reports, in violation of federal law and House rules.

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation concerning the compensation of individuals employed in Representative Stockman’s congressional office, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Stockman compensated the congressional office employees on a full-time basis during a period when they were only performing official duties on a part-time basis, in violation of House rules.

Committee Conclusion

On June 11, 2014, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating that it would continue to gather information necessary to complete its review.  The Committee published the OCE report and findings and announced the allegations would be further reviewed pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).

May 5, 2014 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Luis Gutierrez

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Luis Gutierrez (PDF 6MB)

On December 4, 2013, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

Nature of Review

From 2003 to 2013, Representative Luis Gutierrez retained Doug Scofield, his former chief of staff, to provide certain services to his congressional office.  Pursuant to the agreement, Mr. Scofield, who had opened his own consulting and lobbying firm, was to provide “training” and other “non-legislative” assistance to the congressional office.  Representative Gutierrez’s congressional office paid Mr. Scofield’s firm over $590,000 since 2003 for these services.  Since March 2008, Representative Guteirrez’s congressional office paid Mr. Scofield over $345,000 for these services.

If Representative Gutierrez used funds from his Members’ Representational Allowance (“MRA”) for an impermissible purpose – to retain an individual to provide services to his congressional office that more closely resembled those provided by an employee or consultant, rather than a contractor – then he may have violated House rules and federal law.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Gutierrez used funds from his MRA for an impermissible purpose – to retain an individual to provide services to his congressional office that more closely resembled those provided by an employee or consultant, rather than a contractor – in violation of federal law and House rules.

Committee Conclusion

On May 5, 2014, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating that it would continue to gather information necessary to complete its review.  The Committee published the OCE report and findings and announced the allegations would be further reviewed pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).

April 22, 2014 - OCE First Quarter 2014 Report

OCE First Quarter 2014 Report (PDF 36KB)

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE in the first quarter of 2014.

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Above is a chart of the matters that the OCE has referred to the Committee on Ethics pending release.

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (PDF 20MB)

On December 23, 2013, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Nature of Review

From 2010 to 2012, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers allegedly used official resources, including staff, for campaign activities; paid a consultant for official services with funds from political committees; and combined official resources and campaign resources in furtherance of a campaign for a House leadership office.  

If Representative McMorris Rodgers used official resources for campaign activities, she may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.

If Representative McMorris Rodgers used funds from political committees to pay for official expenses, she may have violated House rules and federal law.

If Representative McMorris Rodgers improperly combined official resources and campaign resources for particular activities in furtherance of a campaign for a House leadership office, she may have violated House standards of conduct.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations concerning use of official resources for campaign activities because there is substantial reason to believe that Representative McMorris Rodgers used congressional funds, staff, and office space for campaign activities.

The Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation concerning use of political committee funds to pay for official expenses because there is substantial reason to believe that Representative McMorris Rodgers used a campaign consultant to perform official duties.

The Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation concerning the campaign for a House leadership office because there is substantial reason to believe that Representative McMorris Rodgers improperly combined congressional resources and campaign resources to produce a mailing and video for her leadership race.

Committee Conclusion

On March 24, 2014, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating it would continue to gather information necessary to complete its review.  The Committee published the OCE report and finding and announced the allegations would be further reviewed pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).

March 24, 2014 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Markwayne Mullin

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Markwayne Mullin (PDF 3MB)

On December 23, 2013, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Markwayne Mullin.

Nature of Review

In 2013, Representative Markwayne Mullin regularly hosted a weekly radio talk show and appeared in numerous radio, television, and internet commercials for Mullin Plumbing, Inc. and affiliated companies. He also served as an officer or board member for the companies. He received income from the companies totaling more than $600,000 in 2013.

If Representative Mullin received more than $26,955 of outside earned income in 2013, he may have violated House rules and federal law.

If Representative Mullin was personally involved in endorsing any services pursuant to outside employment, he may have violated House rules and standards of conduct.

If Representative Mullin served for compensation as an officer or as a member of the board of directors, or both, of one or more of the companies, he may have violated House rules.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations concerning outside earned income because there is substantial reason to believe that the income Representative Mullin received exceeded the outside earned income limit.
 
The Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation concerning Representative Mullin endorsing services because there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Mullin appeared in commercials for an outside employer while serving as a Member of Congress.
 
The Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation concerning Representative Mullin serving as a compensated officer or board member because there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Mullin received compensation for the services he provided as an officer or board member of the companies.
 
Committee Conclusion

On March 24, 2014, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating it would continue to gather information necessary to complete its review.  The Committee published the OCE report and finding and announced the allegations would be further reviewed pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).

January 30, 2014 - OCE Fourth Quarter 2013 Report

OCE Fourth Quarter 2013 Report (PDF 147KB)

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions taken by the Board of the OCE in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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Above is a chart of the matters that the OCE has referred to the Committee on Ethics pending release.

This date is calculated pursuant to Committee on Ethics Rules authorizing the Committee to postpone any reporting requirement that falls within a 60-day period before an election in which the subject of the referral is a candidate.

Last Updated Wednesday, April 27, 2016