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A former aide to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers contends an ethics investigation into her campaign for a House leadership post is ramping up with allegations that she retaliated against him. An attorney for the Spokane Republican calls those comments “more frivolous allegations and information.” Todd Winer, former press secretary and adviser to McMorris Rodgers, said in an email Monday he was “breaking his silence” about what he calls the congresswoman’s scandal.
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will not appoint a special panel to investigate allegations that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-highest ranking House Republican, improperly combined campaign and official funds in a GOP leadership race and her re-election campaign. The committee's top two leaders, Reps. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., said they will not formally drop the case against McMorris Rodgers, but will continue to review the matter under their own authority. In practical terms, the decision means it is unlikely that McMorris Rodgers will face charges or sanctions.
Just a week after delivering the Republican Party response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is under fire for alleged spending improprieties. Aides to the Spokane congresswoman, the fourth-ranking House Republican, said Thursday the ethics complaint involves an accusation that McMorris Rodgers improperly mingled taxpayer money and campaign funds during her 2012 bid for House leadership. The Office of Congressional Ethics has referred the matter to the House Ethics Committee, which hasn’t decided whether to hold hearings.
Contacting your congressional representative about the debt ceiling, as suggested by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in speeches Monday, may have proved difficult for some Spokane constituents Tuesday. One of the most common ways to comment is by email, with a link found on a member of Congress’s website. But Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ website was down for at least half of the day, her spokesman reported.