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House Ethics Panel Finds Andrews Likely Misused Campaign Funds

The panel said longtime U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, a Democrat from Haddon Heights, didn't fully cooperate with the investigation.

Longtime U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) may have violated federal law by misusing campaign funds for personal expenses, an investigation by a House ethics panel has found. 

The panel found "substantial reason to believe" that Andrews improperly used campaign funds for expenses such as attending a lavish wedding in Scotland for a campaign supporter, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports

However, the committee that makes final decisions on ethics questions asked for more time to review the matter, according to the Inquirer.

In addition to the wedding, Andrews reportedly spent $97,000 in campaign funds on at least 18 trips to California from 2007 to 2011. Some of the trips coincided with his daughter Josie's recording sessions in California.

Josie Andrews is an aspiring singer and actress.

The ethics panel reported that Andrews did not fully cooperate with the investigation, and recommended subpoenaing Andrews' credit-card records, according to the Inquirer. 

In a statement released Friday, Rob Andrews continued to assert he did nothing wrong. He argued that the panel investigating him misapplied the law. 

Andrews, a Haddon Heights resident, was first elected to Congress in 1990. He represents New Jersey's 1st Congressional District, which comprises parts of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties. 

To read a copy of the ethics panel's full report, click on the PDF above. 

Jolly16Girl September 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Agree with Concerned Resident!
AllTaxedOut September 08, 2012 at 05:34 PM
They have to be dragged out because they've lost touch with the sort of reality the rest of us who aren't supported by generous lifetime public benefits packages and other über perks have to live by. Their reality doesn't look like our reality; it's not a pretty picture. There are some public officials like Rep. Andrews who so love the lifestyle their positions afford them that they are loathe to surrender that which fulfills most of their dreams unless there is a more promising gig within reach. Recall Andrews' failed challenge for U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg's seat in which he had his wife, Camille stand in as a candidate for his U.S. House seat. At first, Andrews may have felt confident that he could handily wrest from the aged Lautenberg his long-held U.S. Senate seat, but it soon became obvious he had second thoughts on the matter when suddenly there was change in plans and Andrews' wife took his place in the House while he gambled on winning in the Senate. Of course, we know the outcome of that race, and Andrews was able to slip quietly back into his old House seat without missing a beat. As a powerful public official, to take a chance where a loss would mean one is out of the power loop is too much for some. Simply put, a return to the generic, homogeneous, and mostly predictable life of a well-paid private citizen just doesn't cut the mustard.
Paul J. DiBartolo September 08, 2012 at 05:42 PM
(Paraphrased): "If I am unsuccessful in my primary bid for the Democratic Senate seat currently held by Frank Lautenberg, I will not re-enter the Congressional race for my current seat" (Rob Andrews). Promise them anything...but give the voters amnesia.
AllTaxedOut September 08, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Ah, but the elephants never forget.
Will Wea October 15, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I don't care how he spends his donor's money, I care that he helped write the health care bill that will eventually have my employer stop offering insurance!

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