Rep. Howard McKeon received a sweetheart mortgage deal through the Countrywide VIP program, and then improperly used his official staff to try to contain the political fallout for his wife’s campaign.
In January 2012, news reports revealed that the California Republican received favorable terms on a mortgage through Countrywide’s VIP program. Rep. McKeon implausibly claimed that he had not known he received a deal under the VIP program, even though the cover letter of his loan package was stamped “VIP” multiple times.
After the deal came to light, members of Rep. McKeon’s staff circulated a memo discussing strategy against a candidate running against Rep. McKeon’s wife, Patricia McKeon, for a State Assembly seat.
- Ten-term member of Congress representing California’s 25th district
- Received a sweetheart mortgage deal through the Countrywide VIP program, then used his official staff to try to contain the political fallout for his wife’s campaign
- Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
- One of three members from California named to CREW’s Most Corrupt
- Appeared in CREW's Family Affair exposé