The House Ethics Committee finally took action against Rep. Laura Richardson — after letting her corruption fester for years.
In 2012, for the second campaign cycle in a row, the California Democrat bullied and coerced her official staff into working on her reelection campaign. Rep. Richardson also misused other official resources for campaign purposes, including an official car she used during her 2010 campaign.
Rep. Richardson repeatedly obstructed the Ethics Committee’s investigation, encouraging staff members to lie to the committee and withholding requested documents. In August 2012, as part of a conciliation between the Committee and Rep. Richardson, she accepted a reprimand from the full House and agreed to pay a $10,000 fine.
- Three-term member of Congress representing California’s 37th district
- Reprimanded by the House of Representatives in 2012 for forcing official staff to work on her reelection campaign and attempting to cover up her misdeeds during a House Ethics Committee investigation
- Previously named to CREW’s Most Corrupt in 2008, 2009, and 2011
- One of three members from California named to CREW’s Most Corrupt
- Appeared in CREW's Family Affair exposé