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OCE Referral Regarding Mr. Hill

Aug 5, 2011

OCE Referral Regarding Mr. Hill

On May 18, 2011, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Mr. Gregory Hill.

Nature of Review

Gregory Hill, chief of staff for Representative Michael McCaul, disclosed outside earned income of $26,500 on his Calendar Year 2009 Financial Disclosure Statement from Representative Michael McCaul's campaign committee, McCaul for Congress, Inc. Mr. Hill was considered 'senior staff' in 2009 and subject to the outside earned income limit of $26,550. However, Mr. Hill received $32,000 from McCaul for Congress Inc., $5,450 over the 2009 limit. In February 2011, Mr. Hill paid back $4,831.45 to McCaul for Congress Inc.

If Mr. Hill received more than $26,550 of outside earned income from McCaul for Congress Inc. in 2009, he may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the above allegations because there is a substantial reason to believe that in 2009, Greg Hill received more than $26,550 of earned outside income from McCaul for Congress, Inc., in violation of House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.

Committee Conclusion

On August 5, 2011, the Committee released a report in which it determined that Mr. Hill received outside income in 2009 that exceeded the outside earned income limit. The report stated that Mr. Hill had taken satisfactory steps to repay the excess amount and report it on his Financial Disclosure Statement for 2009. The Committee found that no further action was necessary and considered the matter closed.