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OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Jim Hagedorn

Oct 21, 2021
Investigations

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Jim Hagedorn 

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On July 23, 2021, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. Jim Hagedorn. 

Nature of the Review

Rep. Hagedorn may have used official funds to contract for services with companies owned or controlled by his staff members. If Rep. Hagedorn allowed the use of official funds for an impermissible expenditure, then Rep. Hagedorn may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.

Rep. Hagedorn’s campaign committee, Friends of Hagedorn, may have used private office space at no cost or for a rate below fair market value. If Rep. Hagedorn’s campaign committee failed to report an in-kind contribution of office space or received an excessive contribution, then Rep. Hagedorn may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.

OCE Recommendation 

The Board recommended that the Committee further review the above allegation concerning Rep. Hagedorn because there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Hagedorn used official funds to contract for services with companies owned or controlled by his staff members.

The Board recommended that the Committee further review the above allegation concerning Rep. Hagedorn because there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Hagedorn used private office space at no cost or for a rate below fair market value.

Committee Action 

On October 21, 2021, 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).