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Under Investigation Alumni Report

Under Investigation Alumni Report

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*Updated 3/27/14* - This report details the members of Congress who have been under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the House Committee on Ethics (House Ethics Committee), the Senate Select Committee on Ethics (Senate Ethics Committee), the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and other state agencies in the past. CREW compiled information about these investigations using official information provided by the investigative bodies, as well as media reports.
*Updated 3/27/14* - This report details the members of Congress who have been under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the House Committee on Ethics (House Ethics Committee), the Senate Select Committee on Ethics (Senate Ethics Committee), the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and other state agencies in the past. CREW compiled information about these investigations using official information provided by the investigative bodies, as well as media reports.

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Closed Investigations
This list includes members of Congress who have been 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). CREW compiled information about these investigations using official information provided by the investigative  bodies, as well as media reports.
Representative Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
Under Investigation by:
The OCE and the House Ethics Committee.
1
 
Under Investigation for:
Rep. Aderholt was under investigation for allegedly improperly retaining excess per diem funds while on official travel.
2
The stipend is meant to cover meals and travel expenses, and members are directed to return excess funds.
3
 In August 2010, Rep. Aderholt told the
Wall Street Journal 
 he didn't know if he had kept extra money because he never keeps receipts of his spending while overseas.
4
 
Status:
The OCE referred the investigation to the House Ethics Committee on July 30, 2010, recommending further review.
5
 On November 15, 2010, the Democratic chairwoman and the Republican ranking member of the House Ethics Committee extended the investigation into Rep. Aderholt.
6
 On December 31, 2010, the committee dropped the per diem investigation.
7
 
Representative Rob Andrews (D-NJ)
Under Investigation by:
 The House Ethics Committee, the OCE, and the FEC.
8
 
Under Investigation for:
 Rep. Andrews was under investigation for using his campaign account for personal expenses.
9
 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
1
 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, 111
th
 Congress,
 In the Matter of Allegations Relating to the Use of Per Diem on Official Trips
, Staff Report, December 30, 2010.
2
 
 Id.
3
 Letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Rep. Ike Skelton, May 13, 2010.
4
 Brody Mullins and T.W. Farnam, Lawmakers Keep the Change, 
Wall Street Journal 
, March 2, 2010.
5
 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, 111
th
 Congress,
 In the Matter of Allegations Relating to the Use of Per Diem on Official Trips
, Staff Report, December 30, 2010.
6
 
 Id.
 
7
 Press Release, House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, Statement of the Chair and Ranking Republican Member of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct Regarding Representatives Robert Aderholt, G.K. Butterfield, Eliot Engel, Alcee Hastings, Solomon Ortiz and Joe Wilson, December 31, 2010.
8
 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.
9
 
Ed O’Keefe, 
Washington Post 
, July 18, 2012.
 
with the trip.
10
 
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.
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 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.
12
 
Status:
 On November 30, 2011, CREW filed a complaint with the FEC against Rep. Andrews.
13
 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.
14
 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.
15
 The OCE found there was substantial reason to believe Rep. Andrews improperly used congressional campaign and leadership PAC funds for personal use.
16
 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 official resources for nonofficial and personal purposes, and made false statements to federal officials.
17
 On February 4, 2014, Rep. Andrews announced that he was resigning from Congress to take a job in government affairs at a Philadelphia law firm.
18
 
Representative Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
Under Investigation by:
 The OCE.
19
 
Under Investigation for:
 Rep. Bachus, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was under investigation for possibly violating insider trading laws and laws that  prohibit members of Congress using their position for private gain.
20
 
Status:
On February 10, 2012, the
Washington Post 
 reported the OCE had opened an investigation into Rep. Bachus finding probable cause to believe violations occurred.
21
 On April
10
 Matt Friedman, South
, 
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.
 
11
 Friedman,
Star-Ledger (New Jersey),
Nov. 19, 2011.
12
 
Id.
 
13
 Letter from Jeff Jordan to Melanie Sloan, Dec. 6, 2011.
14
 Press Release, House Committee on Ethics, July 17, 2012.
15
 Press Release, House Committee on Ethics, 112
th
16
 Office of Congressional Ethics, 112th Congress,
Report 
, Review No. 11-3260, March 23, 2012.
17
 Press Release, House Committee on Ethics, 113
th
18
 Matt Friedman, 
, 
Star-Ledger (New  Jersey)
, February 4, 2014.
19
 Scott Higham and Dan Keating, House Panel Chair Probed, 
Washington Post 
, February 10, 2012.
20
 Id.
21
 Higham and Keating,
Washington Post 
, Feb. 10, 2012.

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