The Ethics Committee voted unanimously to investigate the allegations after receiving a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent agency that investigates complaints of misconduct.
It has not yet been determined whether Cherfilus-McCormick did anything wrong, and the precise details of the allegations may never be made public.
“As the ethics committee stated in its statement, simply establishing an investigative subcommittee does not in itself indicate that a violation has occurred,” said its spokesperson, Jonathan Wine. “Regardless, the congresswoman takes these issues seriously and is working to resolve them. »
Other allegations cited in Wednesday’s announcement include having someone not hired by his office handle official work and failing to “properly disclose required information in filings.”
The congresswoman also used her office funds to run ads — which is allowed but rare and could blur ethical lines, according to Inside Elections.
Anyone is allowed to file a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, and investigators generally only make their findings public if they determine that wrongdoing occurred.
The Office of Congressional Ethics has no disciplinary power — that job would fall to the legislature-led ethics committee, only after it conducts its own investigation and determines that ethics laws have been flouted.
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