compliance activity

Don Young Must Repay $59K for Improper Trips/Gifts

A U.S. Representative must repay $59,000 to those who provided improper gifts, as well as be reproved by the House Ethics Committee.  

The House Ethics Committee  released a report  on Rep. Don Young , R-Alaska, stating that in regard to fifteen trips and certain gifts, (1) Young violated House rules, and other laws and standards of conduct, (2) Young failed to report certain gifts, (3) Young must repay the $59,064 value of those trips and gifts, (4) Young must amend his personal financial disclosure report to show the gifts, and (5) Young should be reproved for his conduct with respect to his personal use of campaign funds, his acceptance of improper gifts, and his failure to report certain gifts.  

Grand Jury Probes Capitol Knowledge & Stock Trading

A New York federal grand jury and the Securities and Exchange Commission have issued subpoenas for a Congressional committee staff member who may have information about providing knowledge of Congressional action on health care policy to stock traders on Wall Street.  

The subpoenas were issued for documents, as well as the testimony of Brian Sutter , staff director of the Ways and Means subcommittee on health, according to an article  by Brody Mullins and Andrew Ackerman in the Wall Street Journal. On May 9th, Sutter notified  the House of Representatives he had received the New York subpoena.  

Ethics Committee Releases Scathing Report on Stockman

The House Ethics Committee announced that it was continuing an investigation of Rep. Steven Stockman , R-Texas, for obtaining illegal campaign contributions from his congressional staff.  

The House Ethics Committee announced their move as it released the report  from its Office of Congressional Ethics, which concluded the following:  

Rep. Rob Andrews Gets Off Scot Free

A federal agency has closed its investigation of a U.S. Representative for using campaign funds and his leadership PAC funds for his family's trip to Scotland, and his daughters expenses to promote her business and her graduation party.  

The Federal Election Commission's (FEC) closure of Matter Under Review (MUR) #6511 against Rep. Robert Andrews , D-N.J., was disclosed in a letter  to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), who had filed the original complaint.  

Donor Admits Giving $150K to Straw Donors for U.S. Senate Candidates

A businessman has admitted providing $150,000 to straw donors who then contributed to candidates in the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Utah.  

Jeremy Johnson, a Utah businessman, stated in an affidavit, he laundered $50,000 through straw donors to the 2010 campaign of Sen. Mike Lee , R-Utah, and $100,000 to Mark Shurtleff, R-Utah, who was considering a 2010 Senate race, but later dropped out.  It is illegal to give contributions in the names of others in federal elections.  

Conyers Starts Legal Expense Trust To Pay Legal Fees

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A Congressman, who had trouble getting on the primary election ballot, has set up a legal expense trust to solicit funds to pay his legal fees.  

Rep. John Conyers , D-Mich., has registered  his Conyers 13th District Legal Expense Trust with the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 527 political organization. The Trust is based in Washington, D.C. and was filed on May 30th by treasurer Amy Gilbert. The stated purpose is "To defray legal fees and other expenses..."  

GAO Report on Lobbying: All Lobbyists Above Average

A new government report is out on how the choir of lobbyists and lobbying firms comply with the disclosure requirements of federal lobbying law, but fails to show anything about those who never registered to lobby or report in the first place.  

The Government Accountability Office has released its new report 2013 Lobbying Disclosure: Observations on Lobbyists' Compliance with Disclosure Requirements.  The GAO report is required by the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as amended. The GAO audits the extent to which lobbyists can demonstrate compliance with disclosure requirements, identifies challenges to compliance that lobbyists report, and describes resources available and improvements on enforcement.  

Dinesh D'Souza Pleads Guilty to Illegal Contributions

A former college president and conservative filmmaker has pleaded guilty to one count of making illegal campaign contributions in a federal election.  

Dinesh D'Souza , pleaded guilty today to contributing $15,000 more than permitted to Wendy Long, R-N.Y., a 2012 federal U.S. Senate candidate in New York who ran against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Charges of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission were dropped.  

Michael Grimm's Close Friend Indicted

A close friend of Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y,. was indicted on Friday for federal campaign finance violations.  

Diana Durand , a Houston, Texas, executive at RelaDyne, was indicted in New York for causing more than $10,000 in contributions to be made in the names of others to a federal campaign between November 2009 and October 2010. She was also charged with making false statements to the F.B.I. Durand's attorney stated plea talks between prosecutors and Durand collapsed after she refused to implicate Grimm, according to the NewYork Daily News.