After news broke of a multi-count fraud indictment against Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, the Democrat agreed to step down from his leadership position on the House Appropriations Committee. Democratic California U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, who is himself facing an ethics probe, will replace Fattah. The Daily Caller,
Fattah, 58, and four others were indicted on Wednesday on 29 counts of racketeering, fraud and conspiracy in an investigation that was sparked by a tip to the FBI in March 2013.
Fattah’s alleged duplicitous acts stretch back to 2007.
In one alleged scheme, Fattah received a $1 million contribution from a wealthy donor. The lawmaker returned $400,000 of that donation but funneled the rest to himself through an education nonprofit organization he runs…
Politico reported last week that the House Committee on Ethics is looking into allegations that Honda’s campaign staff coordinated with his congressional staff to organize a fundraising event. If true, that would be a violation of ethics rules which requires a demarcation between a lawmaker’s campaign and congressional staffs.
According to Politico, emails revealed that Honda’s congressional chief of staff coordinated with his re-election staff to set up a roundtable discussion at the State Department.