U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL,18) is the target of yet another ethics complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
CREW’s third complaint in less than a month against Schock, which was filed Wednesday, calls on the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to look into whether the Illinois Republican, who has come under the microscope for extravagant spending, “broke House rules in light of new evidence that the congressman improperly used taxpayer money and campaign funds to rent private, non-charter flights for travel,” according to a new release from the watchdog group.
“Where there is smoke, there is usually fire, and Rep. Schock’s finances are starting to look like a five-alarm inferno,” CREW Interim Executive Director Anne Weismann said in a statement. “If there were any doubt the OCE should be conducting a full investigation of the congressman’s reckless spending, CREW’s most recent complaint puts it to rest.”
CREW’s first ethics complaint filed against Schock earlier this month centers around his Downton-Abbey inspired office decor, while the second complaint submitted shortly thereafter calls for an OCE investigation into whether the congressman violated House rules for selling his home above its assessed value to a campaign donor.
The group submitted its third ethics complaint against Schock over his travel spending two days after an Associated Press investigation found that the congressman spent campaign and taxpayer funds on private planes owned by campaign donors as well as entertainment and treats like massages and concert tickets. On Tuesday, the congressman’s office announced that his legal team is launching an internal review of “the compliance procedures in his official office, campaign and leadership PAC (political action committee) to determine whether they can be improved.”
Read CREW’s latest ethics complaint against Schock here.