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ETHICS INVESTIGATION INTO CONGRESSMAN MIKE


HONDA (CD-17) WILL CONCLUDE MAY 2015
San Jose, CA A congressional ethics investigation into Congressman
Mike Hondas 2014 reelection campaign and office practices began on
January 29, 2015.
After completing a 30-day preliminary review, the Office of
Congressional Ethics ('OCE') determined that there was probable cause
to believe violation(s) had occurred and continued to second stage
review.
The second stage of the investigation will conclude at the end of April
2015. After the investigation is complete, if the board of the Office of
Congressional Ethics determines that there is a substantial reason to
believe the underlying ethics allegations, the matter will be referred
onto the House Ethics Committee.
The OCE board's vote this referral will occur at the May 2015 monthly
meeting of the OCE board. More details about the OCE process are
available at the Citizens Guide to the OCE (link).
The main issue being investigated by the OCE is whether Congressman
Hondas office improperly used official resources to support his 2014
re-election campaign.
These potentially unethical actions received media attention in the Fall
of 2014, with coverage by ABC 7 News (link), the Los Angeles Times
(link, link2), the San Francisco Chronicle (link), the San Jose Mercury
News (link) and The Hill (link) based upon San Jose Inside's original
story (link) and follow up report (link).
In the San Francisco Chronicle article, Professor Jessica Levinson, who
specializes in political ethics at Loyola School of Law, is quoted as
saying the activities are "clear violations" that are "worth talking
about.
The ethics allegations were identified by Jeremy Bird, the challenger's
consultant for the 2014 election in CD-17, as a crucial factor that
helped the challenger convert a 20-point primary deficit into a dead
heat (link). In the same memorandum, Mr. Bird, who previously served
as President Obama's 2012 National Field Director, noted that these
ethics concerns "receiv[ed] more local coverage than any other
aspect or development in the race.

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Congressman Honda responded to allegations during the only debate


in the 2014 race by promising to cooperate with any investigation
(link). Additionally, the Congressman's chief of staff apologized for the
potentially improper activities (link).
An October 2014 poll concluded that 67% of likely voters in California's
17th Congressional District are concerned about the matters currently
being investigated (link).
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