Thursday, March 24, 2016

House Ethics Committee investigating U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:57 AM

The House Committee on Ethics announced Wednesday that it's investigating U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville. 

In a letter, the committee says it's investigating "allegations that she engaged in improper conduct relating to certain outside organizations,
including allegations that she may have conspired with other persons in connection with fraudulent activity, improperly solicited charitable donations, used campaign funds for personal purposes, used official resources for impermissible non-official purposes, failed to comply with tax laws, and made false statements, and/or failed to make required disclosures, to the House of Representatives and Federal Election Commission."

The Florida Times-Union reports the U.S. Justice Department asked the committee to defer action on the investigation, which could mean federal authorities are considering more serious charges for Brown.

The congresswoman received a federal subpoena for records earlier this year and has been linked to a governmental investigation of One Door For Education, a Virginia organization that federal officials say was "posing as a charity" when it cheated donors out of about $800,000, according to the Times-Union

"The president of that organization...pleaded guilty earlier this month to conspiracy to commit wire fraud," the newspaper reports. "The plea agreement mentioned two co-conspirators, among them an unnamed public official, who allegedly defrauded donors by using the power and credibility of an elected office." 

The Times-Union says that despite Brown's unusual level of involvement in terms of fundraising for the organization, she had refused to discuss the matter. 

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