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August 31, 2012

CREW Statement on House Ethics Committee’s Decision to Continue Rep. Andrews Investigation

Representative Rob AndrewsWashington, D.C. — Today, in response to the announcement by the House Ethics Committee that it would be continuing its investigation into Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ), CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement:

Given Rep. Andrews’ long history of converting campaign funds for personal use, the House Ethics Committee had little choice but to continue this investigation. As the Office of Congressional Ethics found in its report, Rep. Andrews repeatedly used campaign contributions to cover his personal expenses, including a family trip to Scotland, a high school graduation party, and travel to Los Angeles with his daughter.

Given how tough House rules are about the misuse of campaign funds — much more stringent than Federal Election Commission regulations — even the notoriously lax Ethics Committee will have trouble letting Rep. Andrews off the hook.  While the inquiry undoubtedly will drag on for months, it’s hard to fathom a scenario in which Rep. Andrews walks away from this unscathed.  We look forward to seeing Rep. Andrews held accountable for the hundreds of thousands of dollars he has misspent.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Derrick Crowe at 202.408.5565 or dcrowe@citizensforethics.org.

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