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.

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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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Trump National Diversity Coalition's Bruce LeVell: President’s Support Among Blacks, Hispanics Will ‘More Than Double’ In 2020

Bruce LeVell, the National Diversity Coalition for Trump executive director, said on Sunday evening he predicts President Donald Trump will win even higher levels of support in the black and Hispanic communities in 2020 than he did in 2016.

“Pastor Darrell Scott is the CEO, we started this back in 2015,” LeVell said on Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Sunday evening about the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. “It is the largest diversity coalition platform in history for a Republican candidate, not to mention a sitting president, and there are millions of guests that sign on and sign up that are part of this. If you look on the website, you see African Americans for Trump, Haitian Americans for Trump, Korean Americans for Trump, Chinese Americans for Trump, Hispanic Americans for Trump–all very large. They all stand in one agreement that they believe in this great president and that he is here for all and wants everyone to be successful. It’s pretty flattering, honestly, to be a part of this. It just totally debunks everything that they try to make him out to be–a racist, which he’s not. The numbers prove that he’s not. You can see where he’s rising in terms of the Hispanic vote, and the African American vote. It’s just really going to be mind-boggling on the next go-around. I guarantee it. It’s going to more than double because people are happy; they’re working.”

LeVell, when asked for his rationale on why he thinks Trump’s support in 2020 among blacks and Hispanics will more than double, attributed it to the results President Trump has gotten for those communities.

“Sometimes you have to speak things into existence,” LeVell said. “The president said, ‘What do you have to lose?’ That challenge, especially in the underserved communities, well, yeah, what do we have to lose? We tried it this way for 30 or 40 years. Some of these cities and municipalities were under Democrat rule, as you might say, for many years, and then you say, ‘You know what? Let’s make the ask.’ You know, the president made the ask. Sometimes, you just have to ask, ‘Hey, what do you got to lose? Try this.’ Let’s try one of the biggest, strongest bills that he’s signed, that was so beneficial, called the Opportunity Zones. This bill right here alone is bringing a lifeline to some of these underserved communities and is projected to bring in over hundreds of billions of dollars in these underserved communities, which are predominantly African American communities. For example, in Atlanta, there are minority business contractors teaming up with other business contractors building a hotel in an Opportunity Zone. This community has just been blighted for God knows how long. These are the things that people are starting to see–the light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s a businessman that understands what I call a balance sheet, a P & L sheet of profit and loss. The president wants to see the country profitable, not losses. So that’s what he does. He says, ‘Okay, where can we improve? What can we do?’”

He continued, “Like I said earlier, I think the Opportunity Zones is a sleeper; it has so many moving parts to it where you can sell a piece of property for $2 million and instead of paying that very high capital gains [tax] you can identify those funds over the zone, and then, you can build another little hotel or a shopping center for economic empowerment for that community. So there’s so many initiatives out there for people of color, like myself, who see opportunities. You know, how about this? You live in a black community under the Trump administration, you walk down the street and say, ‘Wow, 98 percent who live in the community are African American,’ and you say, ‘Why don’t you build that grocery store? Why don’t you build that gas station?’ Wow, you’re right. I can. The programs that are out there, like in the Small Business Administration, you get as little as five or ten percent down, and they can maturize it to 30 years, and if you’re a veteran, they waive the fees. There are so many tools out there, and you saw the president when he adjusted Dodd-Frank last year; that was a terrible, terrible deal they did in 2009 and 2010 that literally almost just choked and killed the business community because of the Dodd-Frank, going in there and regulating these small community banks, which were life support for these small communities especially in the African American community, where he readjusted that last year and made it work. These are the things this president understands that as a businessman he can bring his lifelong talents to the White House and can help America. The biggest thing about this is, remember, the president is not beholden to any special interest group; this is a very key part of this conversation right here because he can go in there and govern without having to worry about paying back favors.”

According to NBC News analysis in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, Trump actually outperformed now-Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)–then the former governor of Massachusetts–in the 2012 election when it came to both the black and Hispanic communities.

“Trump claimed 29 percent of the Hispanic vote on Tuesday, compared to Romney’s 27 percent in 2012,” NBC News wrote. “With blacks, exit polls show Trump claimed 8 percent of the vote to the previous Republican nominee’s 6 percent.”

If Trump is able to double support in the black and Hispanic communities in 2020, as LeVell predicts he will, no Democrat will stand even close to a chance of defeating him; the margins they would need for victories in a number of states would be significantly eroded. Perhaps that is why the Democrats are now attempting to paint Trump as a racist amid his battle with the so-called “Squad” of socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasi0-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). The new faces of the Democrat Party, the “Squad,” in other words, is worried they may lose the election in 2020 if LeVell and other Trump backers are right. But the scurrilous accusations of racism for quick political gains, which have also been leveled at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden in recent weeks, LeVell warns, may undermine the ability to stand up to actual racism where it exists.

“At first, it was kind of bizarre,” LeVell, who knows Trump well and has known him prior to his run for president, said of the false racism accusations. “Now, it’s just plainly un-American. It’s so anti-patriotic. You know, the interesting thing about it for me as a black conservative or Republican–I like to define myself as a Frederick Douglass Republican–most of the name-calling comes from people who actually look like me, 90 percent of it. It’s bizarre, and it’s because our thinking process is not lining up with theirs. It’s the only playbook they have, like I said earlier, which is, ‘Let’s just use the race card.’

LeVell went on to say, “Getting back to the president, I’ve been around him–I was just with him at the rally–in very intimate settings, behind the scenes at the rally, and you’re right: I’ve traveled with him, been on the plane with him. I’ve been in private meetings with him. I’ve talked with him, and you know–let me tell you something: I’m 55 years old, I’ve lived my whole life in the South, and I’m world-traveled. Let me tell you: I know racism when I see it. This man is nowhere near being a racist. It’s so sad because it does such a disservice to this great nation that they would throw that name and throw those words around. I mean, you have people calling Biden racist. They’re calling Pelosi racist. They’re calling the dog-catcher racist because he impounded the black dog instead of the white dog. Come on. What’s next? You know, it’s kind of sad because it’s pretty much watered down things that are legitimate, to where people are just going to get so numb with it, and people are just being like, ‘Wow, are you serious?’”

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