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OCE Report Regarding Rep. David Schweikert

Apr 17, 2019
Investigations

OCE Report Regarding Rep. David Schweikert

On April 16, 2018, the Office of Congressional Ethics transmitted a referral to the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives regarding Rep. David Schweikert. 

Nature of the Review 

Rep. David Schweikert may have authorized expenditures from his Members’ Representational Allowance (“MRA”), made by or on behalf of his Chief of Staff Oliver Schwab, that were not for permissible official expenses.  If Rep. Schweikert authorized impermissible MRA expenditures, then he may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.    

Rep. Schweikert’s campaign committees may have accepted contributions from an individual who was employed in Rep. Schweikert’s congressional office, in the form of individual outlays that later were reimbursed by the campaign committees.  If Rep. Schweikert failed to ensure that his campaign committee complied with applicable rules regarding contributions from congressional employees, then he may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law. 

OCE Recommendation

The Board recommended that the Committee further review the above allegations concerning Rep. Schweikert because there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Schweikert authorized expenditures from his MRA, made by or on behalf of his Chief of Staff Oliver Schwab, that were not for permissible official expenses. 

The Board recommended that the Committee further review the above allegations concerning Rep. Schweikert because there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Schweikert failed to ensure that his campaign committee complied with applicable rules regarding contributions from congressional employees.

Committee Action

On June 28, 2018, the Committee established an Investigative Subcommittee to conduct an inquiry regarding this matter. 

On April 17, 2019, the Committee on Ethics released a statement indicating the matter referred is currently within the jurisdiction of an Investigative Subcommittee (ISC). Pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 3(b)(8)(B)(iii) and Committee Rule 17A(f)(2), if an ISC does not conclude its review within one year after receiving a referral from the OCE, the Committee shall make public OCE's report no later than one year after the referral. Accordingly, the Committee is making public OCE's Report in the matter referred to the Committee on April 16, 2018.