The news is out: [Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., was reprimanded and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine by the bipartisan House Ethics Committee on Thursday, after the ethics panel concluded a two-year probe and unanimously found campaign finance violations and other issues.
Schweikert admitted to 11 misdeeds found by the panel’s investigative subcommittee, including pushing staff members to fundraise for his campaign, misusing his Members’ Representational Allowance for unofficial purposes, and demonstrating a “lack of candor and due diligence” during the probe – including giving “untruthful testimony” at points.
At the same time, the committee opted to avoid a more severe sanction or official censure “in large part to the congressman’s willingness to accept responsibility and agreement to pay a substantial monetary fine.”
He is not alone, they all do it. Next.