Freshman Democrat Faces House Ethics Probe Over Campaign Finance Complaint

Massachusetts Rep. Lori Trahan is facing a probe by the House Ethics Committee less than a year after being in office.

It seems she loaned her campaign some cash in the final months and there are questions about that.

The Hill reports:

Ethics panel reviewing freshman Democrat over campaign finance complaint

The House Ethics Committee announced on Monday that it is extending a review of Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) related to how she made personal loans to her campaign during a contested primary last year.

The ethics complaint was made by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a conservative watchdog group, in April. The House Ethics Committee has until Dec. 17 to announce its next course of action, but Monday’s announcement is its first public acknowledgment of reviewing the complaint against Trahan.

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The freshman lawmaker is accused of failing to file complete financial disclosure statements during the campaign about the source of the personal loans.

Trahan won a 10-way Democratic primary and loaned her campaign $371,000 in the final weeks before the election, rising from fourth place in polling to a narrow victory.

Trahan has already gone onto damage control mode.

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She wrote this at Medium:

Setting the Record Straight

Two years ago, I decided to run for office for the first time. I knew that politics could be an ugly business and that my personal story and my professional accomplishments would be questioned. I was OK with that reality, as Congress is not a place for thin skin. But I never expected that a former opponent would allege that the business I worked so hard to build was some kind of elaborate plot to fund my congressional bid.

I believe that if we’re going to restore trust in our politics, we need our elected officials to be honest, transparent and fair. While I was hoping that the Federal Election Commission would adjudicate a politically motivated complaint that was lodged against my 2018 campaign, it’s clear to me that won’t happen any time soon. President Trump has refused to nominate commissioners, and so the FEC has ground to a stand-still.

In the meantime, I want to address some of the confusion that has been created about my business, my income and the issues underlying a campaign finance inquiry.

Trahan is a vocal supporter of impeaching Trump.

Let’s see how she likes having the spotlight on her.



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