June 20, 2014

CREW Statement in Response to Letter of Reproval Issued to Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

Washington, D.C.—In response to the House Ethics Committee closing the long-running investigation into Rep. Don Young (R-AK) by issuing a letter of reproval, Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, issued the following statement:

“The Ethics Committee found Rep. Young violated federal law and House rules by using campaign funds for personal use, by accepting gifts, and by filing inaccurate personal financial disclosure reports, but did nothing other than issue a letter saying, in effect, ‘bad congressman.’ Not exactly the sort of strong action that will send shivers down the spines of corrupt lawmakers anywhere.

“As if the non-penalty weren’t ridiculous enough, the committee laughably ‘commended’ Rep. Young for his recent efforts at complying with the rules. Maybe the committee thinks by saying ‘good congressman,’ Rep. Young won’t violate the rules anymore. Only members of Congress could be so blind to the wrongdoing of one of their own. Just when you think the Ethics Committee can’t do anything more embarrassing, it does. No wonder Congress has a lower approval rating than cockroaches.”

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