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Dem Watchdog Group Files Ethics Complaint Against 23 House Republicans

Kevin McCarthy’s decision to drop Speaker bid could impact GOP fundraising.

Oct. 9, 2015, 8:26 a.m.

Demo­crat­ic watch­dog group, Amer­ic­an Demo­cracy Leg­al Fund, filed a new eth­ics com­plaint against 23 House Re­pub­lic­ans “over re­cently dis­closed agree­ments between GOP in­cum­bents and the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee. The com­plaints, filed with the Of­fice of Con­gres­sion­al Eth­ics ac­cuses 23 House Re­pub­lic­ans en­rolled in the NR­CC’s Pat­ri­ot Pro­gram … of vi­ol­at­ing ‘House rules pro­hib­it­ing of­fi­cial re­sources from be­ing used for cam­paign or polit­ic­al pur­poses.’” (Politico)

These mem­bers in­clude: Reps. Steph­en Knight (R-CA 25) Bar­bara Com­stock (R-VA 10), Rod­ney Dav­is (R-IL 13), Jeff Den­ham (R-CA 10), Dan Ben­ishek (R-MI 01), Tim Wal­berg (R-MI 07), Martha Mc­Sally (R-AZ 02), Dav­id Valadao (R-CA 21), Mike Coff­man (R-CO 06), Car­los Cur­belo (R-FL 26), Dav­id Young (R-IA 03), Bob Dold (R-IL 10), Mike Bost (R-IL 12), Bruce Poli­quin (R-ME 02), Frank Guinta (R-NH 01), Cresent Hardy (R-NV 04), Lee Zeld­in (R-NY 01), John Katko (R-NY 24), Will Hurd (R-TX 23), Ry­an Cos­tello (R-PA 06), Elise Stefanik (R-NY 21), Dan Donovan (R-NY 11), and Mike Bish­op (R-MI 08). (re­lease)

FUN­DRAIS­ING LIMBO. “Rep. Kev­in Mc­Carthy’s (R-CA 23) shock­ing de­cision to drop his bid for speak­er Thursday could cause prob­lems for House Re­pub­lic­an fun­drais­ing. … [House] Speak­er John A. Boehner (R-OH 08) said he will stay on un­til House Re­pub­lic­ans choose his suc­cessor. But un­til that dust settles, some Re­pub­lic­ans say they fear donors will keep their wal­lets closed un­til they know who will be helm­ing the ship.”

Rep. Ann Wag­n­er (R-MO 02), the NR­CC’s fin­ance chair­wo­man, “said she’s ‘feel­ing pretty good about where we are in terms of our fun­drais­ing and our can­did­ate re­cruit­ment.’ And, she said, she hopes the un­cer­tainty around lead­er­ship doesn’t di­min­ish fun­drais­ing, ‘be­cause this is a ma­jor­ity that we need to main­tain.’” (Roll Call)

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