Group claims House Dem and his chief of staff violated rules on outside employment

Rep. John Lewis and his Chief of Staff Michael Collins

Rep. John Lewis and his Chief of Staff Michael Collins / AP

A watchdog group is asking congressional ethics officials to investigate Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) and his chief of staff over apparent violations of House ethics rules, according to a letter released on Monday.

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust's letter is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to probe Lewis chief of staff Michael Collins' dual roles in the congressman's Washington office and as the treasurer for his 2016 reelection campaign.

Ethics rules bar senior House staff from serving in any fiduciary role for a political organization, and specifically mentioned campaign treasurers as a prohibited position for such staffers.

FACT's complaint doesn't just target Collins; it claims that Lewis himself is culpable for ethics violations by his top staffer.

"In this case, not only did Collins directly violate these rules, but Representative Lewis also violated the ethics rules because his own campaign employed Collins in a prohibited position and paid him a prohibited salary," FACT wrote in its letter to OCE.

The Washington Free Beacon first reported on Collins' dual roles. In his personal financial disclosure statement for 2015, he reported $27,495 in income from the campaign.

The House Ethics Committee previously sanctioned Collins for failing to disclose or pay taxes on more than $50,000 in income from Lewis' campaigns.

He has been paid by the campaign for work going back to 2002, though he did not serve as treasurer until the 2016 cycle. Collins' campaign income for each year since 2012 was exactly or almost exactly the limit for senior staff outside income set by House ethics officials for those years.

"The outside employment ethics rules are based on fundamental and important principals that require enforcement to maintain the public's trust," FACT wrote on its complaint.

"Therefore, we urge the Board to immediately investigate and take appropriate action in response to this violation of the House Ethics Rules."

FACT executive director Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. Attorney, said in an interview that he believes the OCE will find "a very clear violation of not only the letter but the spirit of the rules."

Whitaker did not say what specific action he hoped OCE would take, or what sanctions he felt would be in order, but noted, "There's a lot of room, ultimately, for the ethics committee to take action."

The OCE recently survived congressional efforts to disband the office, which some Republicans said is prone to politically motivated leaks and erodes due process for members accused of wrongdoing. They walked back the move after an outcry from congressional Democrats.

Whitaker urged the OCE to vigorously pursue his complaint, lest ethics rules be seen as toothless.

"If you're going to pass these types of rules, then members of Congress of their staff should be aware of them and follow them, and not just err on the side of compliance," he said.

Lewis' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

http://freebeacon.com/politics/rep-john-lewis-top-aide-hit-ethics-c...

Shouldn't there be another complaint against John Lewis for not paying his taxes?

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i love how those who claim to represent oppressed people live better than the average person can only imagine

Too true and they place their abortion/killing clinics in their ghettos. Very Evil/Satanic!!!

John Lewis figures the white man's rules don't apply, well just cry racism when all else fails. Obstructionist, lawless demonrat, his job is over his head he can't play by the rules because it is just plan to confusing. Burn his corrupt behind.

he has pretty much lost all of his credibility

You mean...........at one time............he HAD some?

How many of our elected ones get away with not paying their way after milking the tax payer for way more money than they are worth?

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There are honorable and good black people in America, but....................this nutjob is not one of them.

IYour right Norma, their is good and bad in all races, the problem I have with other than white is I have more understanding of Anglo culture, because other cultures are different we associate that with skin color. I know whites that don't exhibit the cultural traits of European decedent's, I find them very difficult to be around socially. Much of it is fear of rubbing off. I know a white man that speaks very well, put him near a accent and he is off and running, I work with him and I go away scratching my head. I can take alot but when behaviors are harmful or disrespectful to others I have to draw the line, like spitting, burning my national standard disrespect a woman, child the elderly or an animal other than hunting for food, to hell with killing for sport that's totally wrong. That's just a few and most of us share those same values. I don't think the those that are violently protesting or represent BLM or any of the the socialist agenda represent the conservative values of America. Right vs Left are as different as Light vs darkness, I find the left extremely distasteful and have no respect. Even a good democrat still contributes to some degree the platform of the left and the worst is how can a person that is good support the destruction of an unborn child? I cannot get my mind to except anyone even indirectly supporting this behavior. So I bet you we at Tea Party are on the same page and If I share the same God and political ideology then I can call that person regardless of race my brother or sister. Thanks Norma, sometimes a one liner hits me where I live, I had to rant.


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I understand and hear what you say.  I was trying to say that the honorable and good black people are the ones who love America, they appreciate the freedom and their culture is similar to mine.   They are Christians, and God fearing people. I will have to admit that the number of blacks that I have met that are like that are very few compared to the ones I have known in the other category.  I have seen too many of the others who resent even the appearance of their people accepting the culture that I like, they call them "uncle Toms".  I worked in an ER in a large city where we saw a lot of blacks so I do have some perspective, and believe me, I could tell some stories.  If their culture is so great, I would just say they should go back to Africa and enjoy their lovely culture there, in fact, I would prefer it.

ditto.....God Bless America and the State of Israel. live free or die. 

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Angry Dem Impeachment ‘Witness’: Pam Karlan Donated Thousands To Hillary And Was On Clinton’s List For Potential SCOTUS Nomination

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The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, kicked off its first impeachment circus Wednesday morning.

The four ‘witnesses’ testifying have never actually witnessed any of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine firsthand — the four witnesses are law professors offering legal analysis.

One of the witnesses the Dems rolled out is an angry Hillary Clinton donor who was on Crooked’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

No wonder why this unhinged, dowdy woman is so pissed off!

“Professor Pam Karlan donated thousands of dollars to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination. So she certainly has no vendetta against President Trump,” GOP Rep. Mark Walker said.

Congressman Walker also pointed out that Noah Feldman, the Dems first partisan witness in Wednesday’s hearing tweeted about impeaching Trump right after he was sworn in.

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Meet Noah Feldman, House Democrats first partisan witness.

Look at the date of this tweet. He has been trying to get @realDonaldTrump impeached since 46 days into his presidency.

His reason? Trump criticized President Obama.

This is a sham impeachment with sham witnesses. https://twitter.com/NoahRFeldman/status/839185127494254592 

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Trump's wiretap tweets raise risk of impeachment http://bv.ms/2mY1ueX  via @BV

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The next witness, Karlan, has donated thousands to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

So she certainly has no vendetta against @realDonaldTrump.

These witnesses are as serious as House Democrats impeachment case: not at all.

The entire sham show trial is stacked with partisan hacks who have wanted to impeach Trump from the moment he won in November of 2016.

Norm Eisen, the Democrats’ counsel who is blasting Trump and questioning witnesses in Wednesday’s show trial, tweeted about impeaching Trump before Donald Trump was even sworn into office!

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