On December 2, 2009, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Marcy Kaptur.
Nature of Review
Representative Marcy Kaptur authored several fiscal year 2009 earmarks for clients of PMA Group, Inc. (hereafter “PMA”). During campaign cycles 2008 and 2010, Representative Kaptur received contributions to her campaign committee from PMA’s PAC, PMA employees, the PACs of PMA clients for whom she authored earmarks, and the employees of those clients.
If Representative Kaptur solicited or accepted contributions or other items of value in exchange for or because of an official act, or solicited or accepted contributions or other items of value in a manner which gave the appearance that the contributions were linked to an official act, then Representative Kaptur may have violated 18 U.S.C. § 201(b) (Bribery), 18 U.S.C. § 201(c) (Illegal Gratuities), 5 U.S.C. § 7353 (Gifts), and House Rules and Standards of Conduct.
The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismiss the above allegations.
On February 26, 2010, the Committee issued a report closing its investigation of this matter and dismissing it.