Campaign 2010

Jun 05, 2013

Schocker: Congressman Davis’ First Endorsement in Primary is Tied to Federal Investigation

On his first day with a formal primary challenger, Congressman Rodney Davis – who has tried to duck questions on why he won’t cooperate with a federal investigation into shady fundraising – desperately rolled out an endorsement from another politician who is tied to a federal investigation for illegally raising money.

“This is a simple case of ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.’ It’s no surprise that Congressman Kinzinger would endorse Congressman Davis – after all, Davis refused to cooperate with a federal investigation that would expose their shady fundraising operation that helped Kinzinger win his own primary last year,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “It’s unfortunate that Congressman Kinzinger didn’t use the occasion to urge Congressman Davis to come clean and finally tell Illinois families why Congressman Davis refused to cooperate in a federal investigation.”

Will Congressman Aaron Schock – the target of the investigation – be the next to endorse Congressman Davis?

BACKGROUND

Davis Campaign Issued Statement of Support from Adam Kinzinger. In 2013, Davis’s campaign issued a statement of support from Congressman Kinzinger. Kinzinger said “After just 150 days in Congress, Rodney has been true to his word — voting to rein in excessive spending and working tirelessly to put Americans back to work. Rodney is a terrific public servant, and the families of the 13th district know they can count on him to be their voice in Washington.”   [News-Gazette, 6/5/13]

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]

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

 


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