Campaign 2010

Aug 07, 2013

Ducking Rodney Davis: Three Questions Rodney Davis Is Avoiding During Recess

More than six months after news reports that Congressman Rodney Davis refused to cooperate with the Office of Congressional Ethics in a campaign finance investigation, here are three questions Freshman Congressman Rodney Davis is hoping reporters won’t ask during his month-long vacation:

  • Why did you duck the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics? Because you refused to cooperate, the OCE report says there is a substantial reason to believe that a violation of House Ethics rules occurred – and recommended that you be subpoenaed.
  • Have you been contacted by the House Ethics Committee or the Federal Election Commission about this potential violation? Are others investigating this issue – since you refused to cooperate with the Office of Congressional Ethics?
  • Have you retained a lawyer in this matter?

“Congressman Rodney Davis is ducking the voters, just like he ducked the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Davis owes voters an explanation about why he brazenly refused to cooperate with a nonpartisan ethics investigation – and why they recommended that he be subpoenaed.”

BACKGROUND

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, 2/8/11]

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, 2/8/11]

  • 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, 2/8/11]

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