WASHINGTON — After a series of Republican ethics allegations, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched HouseOfScandal.com on Monday. The website will feature the Republican members of Congress who have faced scandals and ethics questions since the GOP won the House in 2010.
In a statement released Sunday, the DCCC contrasted the allegedly ethically-challenged politicians with House Speaker John Boehner’s “zero tolerance” policy for lawmakers who have breached ethical standards.
“Voters are finding out that Republicans leaders have zero intention of carrying through on their zero-tolerance pledge for Republicans’ ethics scandals and corruption,” said DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson. He added, “Each month it seems another scandal-plagued Republican is revealed. Republicans’ top priorities are their special interest allies, ultra-wealthy campaign contributors, their campaign treasuries and their personal bank accounts — not the best interest of middle-class families and seniors.”
The site’s launch comes on the heels of allegations that several House Republicans have violated campaign finance laws. Federal officials are currently looking into allegations that Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), who serves as vice chairman of finance for the National Republican Congressional Committee, reimbursed employees for contributing $90,000 in illegal straw donations to his campaign as well as accusations that he failed to disclose relevant business positions at more than a dozen companies. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) is being investigated for allegedly extorting a rabbi and his followers into donating as much as $500,000 to his congressional campaign.
Other Republicans listed on HouseOfScandal.com include: Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Gary Miller (R-Calif.), Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) and Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.). The DCCC will name a new Republican member to the list each month.
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