In Rare Public Reprimand, House Sanctions GOP Lawmaker For Ethics Violations
The House voted on Friday to formally sanction Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) for violating campaign finance rules and improperly using official resources for campaign-related matters, according to The Hill.
- “The measure, adopted by voice vote, imposes a $50,000 fine on Schweikert that must be paid to the U.S. Treasury by the end of October,” per the report.
- Following a two-year investigation, Schweikert “negotiated the terms of his reprimand with the House Ethics Committee” and “agreed to admit to all eleven counts of misconduct outlined by the committee.”
- House Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch (D-FL) said recommending a full chamber vote to censure Schweikert was considered but the fine and public reprimand was ultimately chosen.
"Ultimately, the bipartisan subcommittee agreed to this negotiated sanction of a monetary fine and public reprimand by his colleagues in large part because of Representative Schweikert's willingness to accept responsibility for his own misconduct," Deutch said on the House floor.
"If members take just one lesson from this case, let it be this: It is unacceptable for us public office holders not to think about our ethical obligations," Deutch said.
- The report released on Thursday “concluded that Schweikert violated campaign finance laws, misused taxpayer funds for unofficial purposes, pressured congressional office staff to do campaign work and displayed a ‘lack of candor during the investigation.’"