Ethics Committee Opens Probe of Paul Broun

National Journal is reporting that the House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Paul Broun, the former Senate candidate and lame duck congressman representing Georgia’s tenth district.

The announcement was the first official confirmation that the Georgia Republican was being scrutinized by the panel. The joint statement by the committee chairman, Mike Conaway, and the panel’s top Democrat, Linda Sanchez, said the case was referred by the Office of Congressional Ethics on July 31.

The OCE serves as an independent watchdog that does an initial vetting of ethics complaints.

Neither an OCE spokesman nor Broun’s office had comment or elaboration on what exactly is being investigated. A years-old complaint alleging Broun had violated the law by failing to accurately disclose the source of the loans made to the committee from 2007 to 2008 is not the focus.

According to the article, the commission will announce its next steps in the investigation no later than October 29th. Broun will leave office at the end of the year, so he would escape any penalties if no sanctions were levied by the time he leaves office.

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