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Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA) Violated Ethics Rules

John on June 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

The headline isn’t the official conclusion of the House yet, it’s my conclusion after reading the story at the Daily Caller:

documents show Richardson using official taxpayer resources for political events, including fundraisers. “Rep. Richardson didn’t just violate House rules, she likely committed crimes,” said Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director.

In one instance, Richardson’s chief of staff, Shirley Cooks, told all of Richardson’s aides in an email from her official House account, “All staff are required to attend” a fundraiser held Sept. 29, 2010, adding, “Bring spouses and tell interns they have to be there as well. Thanks.”

Another staffer, Daysha Austin, then a district scheduler, told staffers, “The Congresswoman is asking all staff that one has to wear their staff shirt to tomorrow’s event so we can be visible and easily identified.”

The “staff shirt,” pictured in CREW’s complaint, features a logo that says “California’s 37th Congressional District,” the district that Richardson represents.

The demands on staff to attend a fundraiser and use of official email accounts and resources to coordinate political activities clearly violate congressional ethics rules that taxpayer dollars “may not pay for campaign expenses.”

Jonathan strong really has a streak going exposing the Hill’s worst bosses.
Now can someone explain to me how the President can, apparently, shoot a fundraising commercial in the White House and not violate the same standards?

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