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Under Investigation Report

Under Investigation Report

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*Updated 1/29/14* CREW has compiled a list of Congress members likely under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (House ethics committee), the Senate Select Committee on Ethics (Senate ethics committee) or the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Due to the secrecy surrounding these investigative bodies, the list is compiled from press reports. On October 30, 2009, The Washington Post revealed a leaked House ethics committee memo documenting the investigative activities surrounding House members by the House ethics committee and/or the OCE. The OCE was created in 2008 to review allegations of misconduct against members of the House and refers matters to the House ethics committee for further action. As a result, it is not always clear which body is investigating the Member.
*Updated 1/29/14* CREW has compiled a list of Congress members likely under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (House ethics committee), the Senate Select Committee on Ethics (Senate ethics committee) or the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Due to the secrecy surrounding these investigative bodies, the list is compiled from press reports. On October 30, 2009, The Washington Post revealed a leaked House ethics committee memo documenting the investigative activities surrounding House members by the House ethics committee and/or the OCE. The OCE was created in 2008 to review allegations of misconduct against members of the House and refers matters to the House ethics committee for further action. As a result, it is not always clear which body is investigating the Member.

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Under Investigation
 
CREW has compiled a list of Congress members likely under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the House Ethics Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics (Senate ethics committee), the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), and in some cases, the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Due to the secrecy surrounding these investigative bodies, the list is compiled from press reports. On October 30, 2009,
The Washington Post 
 revealed a leaked House Ethics Committee memo documenting the investigative activities surrounding House members by the House Ethics Committee and/or the OCE. The OCE was created in 2008 to review allegations of misconduct against members of the House and refers matters to the House Ethics Committee for further action. As a result, it is not always clear which body is investigating the member.
 
Representative Rob Andrews (D-NJ)
Under Investigation by:
 The House Ethics Committee, the OCE, and the FEC.
1
 
Under Investigation for:
 Rep. Andrews is under investigation for using his campaign account for personal expenses.
2
 In June 2011, Rep. Andrews and his family flew to Scotland to attend a
donor’s wedding, and charged his campaign account $13,000 for expenses associated with the
trip.
3
 
Also in June 2011, Rep. Andrews’ campaign committee spent $10,000 on a party at his home celebrating his daughter’s graduation from college and his
congressional career.
4
 In
addition, Rep. Andrews’ campaign committee has donated tens of thousands of dollars to
Philadelphia area theatres where his daughter, an aspiring actress and singer, performed, and spent thousands more on trips to California that coincided with her recording sessions.
5
 
Status:
 On November 30, 2011, CREW filed a complaint with the FEC against Rep. Andrews.
6
 The current status of the FEC investigation is pending. On April 2, 2012, the OCE referred its investigation of Rep. Andrews to the House Ethics Committee.
7
 On August 31, 2012, the committee said it would continue its preliminary investigation of Rep. Andrews and released the
OCE’s report on the matter.
8
 The OCE found there was substantial reason to believe Rep. Andrews improperly used congressional campaign and leadership PAC funds for personal use.
9
 On February 26, 2013, the House Ethics Committee unanimously voted to establish an Investigative Subcommittee to look into the allegations that Rep. Andrews improperly used funds from his principal campaign committee and leadership PAC for personal purposes, used
1
 Press Release, House Committee on Ethics, 112
th
 Congress, Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Robert Andrews, July 17, 2012; Letter from FEC Supervisory Attorney Jeff Jordan to CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan, December 6, 2011.
2
 
Ed O’Keefe, 
Washington Post 
, July 18, 2012.
3
 Matt Friedman, South Jersey
, 
Star-Ledger (New Jersey),
 November 19, 2011; Andrews for Congress, FEC Form 3, 2011 July Quarterly Report, July 14, 2011; Andrews for Congress, FEC Form 3, 2011 Year-End Report, Amended, April 13, 2012.
 
4
 Friedman,
Star-Ledger (New Jersey),
 Nov. 19, 2011.
5
 
 Id.
 
6
 Letter from Jeff Jordan to Melanie Sloan, Dec. 6, 2011.
7
 Press Release, House Committee on Ethics, July 17, 2012.
8
 Press Release, House Committee on Ethics, 112
th
9
 Office of Congressional Ethics, 112th Congress,
 Report 
, Review No. 11-3260, March 23, 2012.
 
official resources for nonofficial and personal purposes, and made false statements to federal officials.
10
 
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
Under Investigation by:
The Urbandale (IA) Police Department, the FEC, the OCE, the House Ethics Committee, and the FBI.
11
 
Under Investigation for:
 Rep. Bachmann is under investigation for actions related to her 2012  presidential bid.
12
 
Rep. Bachmann’s presidential campaign sent two email blasts to thousands of
home school advocates after a staffer allegedly stole the list from the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators.
13
 The Urbandale Police Department
is investigating the campaign’
s illegal use of an email distribution list.
14
 The FEC is investigating Rep. Bachmann for concealing campaign  payments to a staffer and for using PAC funds to pay a consultant.
15
 Rep.
Bachmann’s campaign
counsel, William McGinley of Patton Boggs, confirmed the OCE was investigating the
congresswoman’s
 2012 presidential campaign.
16
 Investigators for the OCE apparently questioned former campaign staffers about alleged improper transfers of funds and under-the-table payments.
17
 OCE investigators are also looking into how
Rep. Bachmann’s
campaign accounted for resources and staff time in connection with Rep. Bachmann
’s
2011 book tour  promoting her personal memoir, which coincided with her presidential campaign.
18
 The attorney
for Andy Parrish, Rep. Bachmann’s former chief of staff, confirmed that the FBI contacted his
client in May 2013 for an interview related to the investigation.
19
 The FBI is said to be interested in campaign finance violations by the Bachmann c
ampaign and the campaign’s demand that
former employees seeking compensation sign non-disclosure agreements before being paid.
20
 The Department of Justice is also investigating whether the Bachmann campaign coordinated strategy with a super PAC, NFC PAC.
21
 
Status:
 On January 15, 2012, a former Bachmann campaign official filed a complaint against her with the FEC regarding the payments from her presidential campaign committee and her PAC.
22
 
10
 Press Release, House Committee on Ethics, 113
th
11
 Associated Press
, January 18, 2013; John Avlon, 
, 
The Daily Beast 
, March 25, 2013; Cyndy Brucato, 
, 
 MinnPost 
, May 17, 2013.
12
 
 Id.
13
 Des Moines Register 
The Iowa  Republican
, July 31, 2012.
14
 
 Id.
15
 Minneapolis Star Tribune,
January 15, 2013;
 Associated Press
, Jan. 18, 2013.
16
 Avlon,
The Daily Beast 
, March 25, 2012.
17
 
 Id.
18
 Minneapolis Star Tribune
, April 17, 2013.
19
 Brucato,
 MinnPost 
, May 17, 2013.
20
Star Tribune
, May 19, 2013; Cyndy Brucato, 
, 
 MinnPost 
, May 17, 2013.
21
 New York Times
, September 5, 2013.
22
 Diaz,
 Minneapolis Star Tribune
, January 15, 2013.

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Check out a list of Congress members who are likely under investigation by the Department of Justice, the House Ethics Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics or the Office of Congressional Ethics, compiled by @citizensforethics.
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