A Congressional watchdog group, FACTS, is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Representative John Lewis and his aide, Michael Collins. One of the House ethics rules is that a staff member, i.e. Chief of Staff, cannot also serve in the House members campaign staff. Michael Collins did both at the same this and was paid for both functions. Sounds like a slam dunk case to me.
As Written By Lachlan Markay for the Free Beacon:
Group claims House Dem and his chief of staff violated rules on outside employment.
A watchdog group is asking congressional ethics officials to investigate Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) and his chief of staff over apparent violations of House ethics rules, according to a letter released on Monday.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust’s letter is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to probe Lewis chief of staff Michael Collins’ dual roles in the congressman’s Washington office and as the treasurer for his 2016 reelection campaign.
Ethics rules bar senior House staff from serving in any fiduciary role for a political organization, and specifically mentioned campaign treasurers as a prohibited position for such staffers.
FACT’s complaint doesn’t just target Collins; it claims that Lewis himself is culpable for ethics violations by his top staffer.
“In this case, not only did Collins directly violate these rules, but Representative Lewis also violated the ethics rules because his own campaign employed Collins in a prohibited position and paid him a prohibited salary,” FACT wrote in its letter to …..
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