Campaign 2010

Jan 21, 2014

Ducking Davis Covers for Eric Cantor in Federal Investigation, Now Gets His Reward

 

Congressman Rodney Davis refused to cooperate with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) in an investigation over Aaron Schock and Eric Cantor’s fundraising scheme for Adam Kinzinger’s campaign.  This weekend that refusal paid major dividends when Davis – who the OCE recommended be subpoenaed – benefited from a major fundraiser from Cantor.

“Congressman Rodney Davis ducked an investigation involving Eric Cantor, and now he’s been rewarded with a fundraiser,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Davis clearly showed he can’t be trusted to do the right thing, first by ducking an ethics investigation, then by benefiting from keeping silent.”

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Davis’s Campaign Issued a List of Endorsements that Feature Cantor, Schock and Kinzinger. In 2013, Davis published a list of endorsements on his website featuring endorsements from Congressmen Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, and Eric Cantor. [Electrodney.com, accessed 6/06/13]

  • Headline: Ethics panel investigating Rep. Aaron Schock [Chicago Tribune, 12/15/12]

Congressman Aaron Schock Alleged to Have Illegally Solicited Donations for a Republican Super PAC. According to Politico: “The allegations against Schock stemmed from a bitter GOP primary battle in Illinois last year between Rep. Adam Kinzinger and former Rep. Don Mazullo. Schock backed Kinzinger in the primary, and he began asking other members like Cantor for campaign contributions in order to run TV ads supporting Kinzinger. The money, including a $25,000 donation from Cantor’s leadership fund, was funneled to a super PAC called the Campaign for Primary Accountability, which spent more than $200,000 on the race on Kinzinger’s behalf.” [Politico, 2/06/13]

  • Office of Congressional Ethics: Reason to Believe Schock Violated Federal Law. According to the Office of Congressional Ethics, Schock may have solicited contributions for the Republican super-PAC, Campaign for Primary Accountability, in excess of $5,000 per donor, while raising money for Representative Adam Kinzinger. The Office of Congressional Ethics contended “there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Schock violated federal law, House rules and standards of conduct.” [News Gazette, 2/8/13]
  • Congressman Cantor Pledged Zero-Tolerance on Ethics Violations. “I think that as Republicans emerge as a new governing majority, it is incumbent upon us to institute a zero-tolerance policy — that we understand there are reasons for our being fired in ‘06 and ‘08. […] We cannot tolerate any ethics violations or behavior in terms of compromising the ethics that the people expect us to have as their representatives.” [YouTube, uploaded 8/10/10]

Office of Congressional Ethics Recommended That Rodney Davis be Subpoenaed For Failure to Cooperate in Schock Ethics Investigation. The Office of Congressional Ethics recommended in its report to the House Ethics Committee that Davis be subpoenaed in its investigation, since Davis has refused to cooperate with the probe. The OCE does not have subpoena power. [News Gazette, 2/08/13]

  • OCE Concluded That “There is Substantial Reason to Believe That the Alleged Violation Occurred” Because of Davis’ Refusal to Cooperate. The Office of Congressional Ethics report said that “the OCE draws a negative inference from Mr. Davis’ refusal to cooperate with the OCE. The OCE infers that the information Mr. Davis refused to provide, taken together with the factual findings in this referral, supports the conclusion that there is substantial reason to believe that the alleged violation occurred.” [News Gazette, 2/08/13]