Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) Named One of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress
Washington, D.C. – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) as one of the most corrupt members of Congress. Rep. Andrews used campaign money for personal expenses, such as a family trip to Scotland, and for expenses associated with advancing his daughter’s show business career. The congressman also earmarked more than $1.5 million to his wife’s employer, the Rutgers University School of Law. All of this conduct earned him a spot in CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress report, an annual, bipartisan look at Washington’s worst.
“A federal campaign account is not a personal piggy bank,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “It seems clear Rep. Andrews has been using the generosity of his donors to finance his lifestyle. It is time for the Federal Election Commission and the House Ethics Committee to hold Rep. Andrews accountable for his conduct.”
In June 2011, Rep. Andrews spent more than $30,000 from his campaign and leadership political action committees on a family trip to Scotland to attend a donor’s wedding. Additionally, Rep. Andrews has found numerous ways to use campaign funds to support his daughter’s show business career. Over the past five years, Rep. Andrews’ campaign committee has spent at least $97,000 on trips to California, at least one of which coincided with dates the congressman’s daughter, Josie Andrews, had recording sessions in Los Angeles. Rep. Andrews’ campaign committee also donated more than $100,000 between 2007 and 2011 to Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theater, where Ms. Andrews has performed repeatedly.
“Rep. Andrews is the new poster child for converting campaign funds for personal use,” continued Ms. Sloan. “Such flagrant and repeated violations merit tough sanctions and perhaps even criminal prosecution.”
This is the eighth edition of CREW’s Most Corrupt report, an annual look at unethical conduct by members of Congress. This year’s list includes seven Democrats and 13 Republicans; nine are repeat offenders. Since 2005, CREW has named 81 members of Congress to the list, 32 of whom are no longer in office.