U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R, IL-18), a Peoria Republican who is considering running for governor,
has allegedly solicited contributions of more than $5,000 for a
political action committee to help fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) in a primary race
last year, prompting congressional investigators to recommend a full
House Ethics Committee probe.
Lawmakers can solicit donations of up to $5,000 for independent expenditure political action committees.
Newly-elected U.S. Rep.
Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) was also listed as a “non-cooperating witness”
for allegedly helping to steer money into the PAC, the Campaign for
“The release by the Ethics
Committee of this report from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE)
is just one more step in the long process of adjudicating ethics
complaints that can be submitted by anyone for any reason,” Steve
Dutton, Schock’s communications director, said in a statement.
are many cases that OCE refers to the Ethics Committee that ultimately
are dismissed because they are without merit. As our counsel’s
submissions to OCE and the Ethics Committee make clear, the complaint in
this case is entirely without merit. We remain firmly convinced that
Congressman Schock will be exonerated when the Ethics Committee examines
the complaint and in due course resolves this matter,” Dutton said.
The House Ethics Committee had no comment following the release of the investigatory report on Schock.