Bobby Rush Faces Ethics Probe After Report On Campaign Spending

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Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is currently the subject of an inquiry by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the congressman of more than 20 years revealed Wednesday.

Rush told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet he has “been cooperative” with the OCE and urged “anyone they wanted to talk to” to be “honest and frank” with them.

Rush has retained the Washington law firm Dickstein Shapiro for the OCE inquiry, the Chicago Tribune reports. Scott Thomas, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, is representing the Chicago Democrat.

News of the ethics probe comes after a Sun-Times/Better Government Association investigation late last year reported Rush used campaign funds for the Beloved Community Christian Church where he is a minister and that he did not report any rent payments for his campaign office, both possible violations of House ethics rules.

For more, go here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/10/bobby-rush-ethics-probe_n_5126116.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago&ir=Chicago.

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