NHDP - Watchdog Files Complaint Against Frank Guinta, Mess Kelly Ayotte and NHGOP Created Continues

Concord, N.H. – The mess Kelly Ayotte and the New Hampshire Republican Party created continues as watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) yesterday filed a complaint asking the the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Frank Guinta’s years of lies.
 
CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said, “Rep. Guinta wants to have his cake and eat it too. When the FEC is investigating whether he received an illegal contribution, he insists the money is his. When it comes time to report that money to the Ethics Committee, he says he doesn’t have to report those funds because they aren’t in his name. Those claims can’t both be right.”
 
Bookbinder added, “Every time Rep. Guinta contends that these funds are his, his failure to properly disclose them to the House Ethics Committee becomes all the more glaring. Financial disclosure is a crucial tool for helping voters hold their elected officials accountable. To defend the integrity of that system, the OCE should conduct a full investigation of Rep. Guinta.” 
 
See coverage recap below:
 
AP: Watchdog group files complaint against Guinta over finances
 
A government watchdog group on Tuesday asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta violated U.S. House rules or federal law.
 
The complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington follows recent action by the Federal Elections Commission, which found that Guinta accepted $355,000 in illegal campaign donations from his parents for his 2010 campaign.
 
… According to the new complaint, Guinta amended his financial disclosure report to the House Ethics Committee in 2010 to add the family pot bank account but failed to disclose it in six subsequent filings. “Representative Guinta wants to have his cake and eat it, too,” said the watchdog group’s director, Noah Bookbinder. “When the FEC is investigating whether he received an illegal contribution, he insists the money is his. When it comes time to report that money to the Ethics Committee, he says he doesn’t have to report those funds because they aren’t in his name. Those claims can’t both be right.”
 
… The request comes two weeks after state GOP chair Jennifer Horn wrote the party’s executive committee that Guinta “has clearly been untruthful” about where he got the $355,000. [Full story]
 
The Hill: Watchdog calls for ethics investigation of embattled NH lawmaker
 
A watchdog group is calling for a congressional ethics investigation into the financial disclosures of embattled Rep. Frank Guinta after he settled with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on campaign finance violations.
 
… Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington claims that Guinta played it both ways with the alleged family account and wants the independent Office of Congressional Ethics to look into the allegations.
 
“Rep. Guinta wants to have his cake and eat it too,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.
 
“When the FEC is investigating whether he received an illegal contribution, he insists the money is his. When it comes time to report that money to the Ethics Committee, he says he doesn’t have to report those funds because they aren’t in his name. Those claims can’t both be right.”
 
The group accuses Guinta of only reporting the existence of the fund on one of his financial disclosure forms while in Congress despite telling the FEC that the money in that account was partly his. [Full story]
 

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