Two Democratic representatives are under review by the House Ethics Committee for possible wrong doing in two different situations.
The investigation involves Rep. Ben Ray Lujan from New Mexico and Rep. John Conyers from Michigan.
Just another day in the land of the liberal.
The Washington Free Beacon is reporting:
Lujan is being investigated in connection with the Democratic sit-in on the House floor a year ago. Lujan is being accused of having his campaign profit off the protest by using images of himself on the floor in campaign donation solicitations. Using any image of a member on the House floor for campaign purposes is illegal.
The complaint against Lujan was brought by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). Lujan’s communications director, Joe Shoemaker, pushed back against FACT’s accusation in a statement.
“This announcement is the result of a frivolous complaint, filed by a highly partisan outside group about activities during the sit-in last year—a complaint that is without merit,” Shoemaker’s statement said. “Congressman Luján is committed to abiding by House rules, is confident he has done so in this case, and looks forward to a timely resolution by the Ethics Committee.”
Conyers’ case involves his former top aide, Cynthia Martin. Martin allegedly refused to return $16,500 that was mistakenly routed to her bank account. Martin was charged and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was placed on leave. The Committee is reviewing her departure from Conyers’ office.
“From April to August 2016, Cynthia Martin received compensation from the House of Representatives at a time when she may no longer have been working for the House,” the complaint against Martin said. “If Ms. Martin accepted compensation that was not commensurate with the work she was performing, then she may have violated House rules and standards of conduct.”
Michael Collins, chief of staff for Rep. John Lewis from Georgia is also being investigated for being on Lewis’ congressional staff and his campaign treasurer at the same time.
Corruption and the Democratic Party go together like peanut butter and jelly, so seeing this sort of thing going down isn’t really too surprising.
That’s not to say that all members of the GOP are squeaky clean keepers of the law either, as politicians in general have a hard time not abusing their power, regardless of what party they align with.
It’s imperative to hold these individuals accountable for their actions as a means of making them examples for future government officials. We are a nation of laws, where no one is supposed to be above those laws.
Let’s hope the law is upheld in these cases and everyone involved learns an important lesson about the value of obeying the law.