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OCE Referral Regarding Rep. G.K. Butterfield

Dec 31, 2010

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. G.K. Butterfield

On July 30, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative G.K. Butterfield.

Nature of Review

In 2009, Representative G. K. Butterfield participated in a Congressional Delegation to Lithuania. During the trip, he received a travel per diem for meals and incidental expenses with an approximate value of $800.00. Public statements attributed to Representative Butterfield indicated that he may have retained excess per diem. In addition, these public statements indicate that he may have retained excess per diems on other trips.

If Representative Butterfield’s actual meal and incidental expenses during a CODEL were less than the per diem received and he did not return the excess per diem, he may have violated House Rule 10, clause 8, House Rule 23, clauses 1 and 2.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.

Committee Conclusion

On December 31, 2010, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.