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House Panel Finds Arizona Congressman Violated 11 Ethics Rules

Among other things, Mr. Schweikert was cited for campaign finance violations and errors in reporting by his campaign committees.

“We are pleased the...

“We are pleased the committee has issued their report and we can move forward from this chapter,” the statement said. “As noted in the review, all issues have been resolved and Congressman Schweikert will continue working hard for Arizona’s 6th District.”

Mr. Schweikert, 58, serves on the Ways and Means Committee and has been active as a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. In 2012, he defeated Representative Ben Quayle, a son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, in a fiercely fought Republican primary in a newly drawn congressional district.

The House Ethics Committee started its investigation in 2018 after it received a number of allegations involving Mr. Schweikert’s chief of staff at the time, Richard Oliver Schwab, including reports that Mr. Schwab may have misused or authorized the misuse of House resources.

During its investigation, the committee interviewed 18 people, issued four subpoenas and received 200,000 pages of documents. Mr. Schweiker also voluntarily answered questions under oath, the panel said.

The investigation found that between January 2011 and July 2018, Mr. Schwab spent more than $270,000 from his personal funds on behalf of Mr. Schweikert’s campaign, in violation of campaign finance laws that prohibit House employees from contributing to their bosses’ campaigns.

Mr. Schweikert’s campaign then reimbursed Mr. Schwab through various means, including by issuing checks to Mr. Schwab’s private consulting firm, committee investigators wrote in a report[1].

The investigation also found that the Schweikert for Congress campaign reported in January 2012 that Mr. Schweikert had lent it $100,000 of his personal funds. However, no such loan was actually made, the investigators said.

References

  1. ^ a report (ethics.house.gov)

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