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 Todd Tiahrt.
Nature of Review
In Fiscal Year 2009, Representative Todd Tiahrt authored earmarks for clients of the PMA Group, Inc. (“PMA”). During campaign cycles 2008 and 2010, Representative Tiahrt received contributions to his campaign committee and Leadership PAC from PMA’s Political Action Committee (“PAC”), PMA employees, the PACs of PMA clients for whom he authored an earmark, and the employees of those clients.
If Representative Tiahrt 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 Tiahrt 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 further review the above allegations.
On February 26, 2010, the Committee issued a report closing its investigation of this matter and dismissing it.