Democratic Rep Under Investigation for Campaign Violations

Democratic Rep Under Investigation for Campaign Violations

( – The House Ethics Committee took a pivotal step on Wednesday, December 27th, when it convened to approve an investigation into possible breaches of campaign finance laws by Representative Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, a Florida Democrat.

Cherfilus-McCormick assumed office in January 2022 after winning a special election to fill the vacant seat of the late Representative Alcee Hastings. She continued her electoral success with a triumphant re-election in November of the same year.

The committee’s decisive action comes in the wake of a joint statement by Ethics Committee Chairman Michael Guest, a Mississippi Republican, and ranking member Susan Wild, a Pennsylvania Democrat.

According to their statement, an investigative subcommittee will scrutinize whether Cherfilus-McCormick violated campaign finance laws and regulations. Representative Andrew Garbarino, a New York Republican, will lead the investigative panel, with Representative Chrissy Houlahan, a Pennsylvania Democrat, serving as the ranking member. The subcommittee includes Representatives Cliff Bentz, a Republican from Oregon, and Troy Carter, a Democrat from Louisiana.

The investigation’s scope is broad, with the committee stating, “The Investigative Subcommittee will assess if Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick breached the Code of Official Conduct or any standards in her duties, focusing on allegations of violating campaign finance laws during her 2022 special and re-election campaigns and failing to disclose necessary information on filed House statements.”

Wednesday’s announcement outlined additional allegations, including Cherfilus-McCormick’s engagement of an individual not employed by her office to handle official work and a failure to “adequately disclose required information on statements.”

Moreover, the congress member utilized office funds for running ads, a practice that, while permissible, is uncommon and may raise ethical concerns, as noted by Inside Elections.

Any individual can file a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, and investigators typically disclose their findings publicly only if wrongdoing is established.

The Office of Congressional Ethics lacks disciplinary authority; this responsibility rests with the Ethics Committee led by lawmakers. The committee can take action only after completing its investigation and confirming ethics law violations.

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