SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Committee launches Schock probe

Monday, Dec 17, 2012

* The US House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it’s investigating Congressman Aaron Schock

The chairman and ranking member of the House Ethics Committee, in making the disclosure Friday, said the panel would “announce its course of action” on or before next Jan. 28.

Steve Dutton, Schock’s spokesman, told the Tribune that the ethics review involved super PAC money.

That appeared to refer to reports that Schock solicited a $25,000 contribution from Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s political action committee to help fund a super PAC that favored Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., in a March primary against Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Ill.

The Federal Election Commission is examining that conduct because federal officeholders may seek a maximum donation of $5,000 for a super PAC.

* Schock talked to his home town paper

In an interview Friday evening, Schock described the news as frustratingly routine.

“When somebody files a complaint against you, it takes several years to go through the process,” the Peoria Republican said, noting “it’s not a new complaint, it’s not a new report,” but merely the next phase of an ongoing investigation.

He said the issue relates to the $25,000 donation he sought from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to a super PAC aiding Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Manteno during his successful primary campaign against Rep. Don Manzullo of Egan. […]

A similar complaint with the Federal Election Commission by two good-government groups — Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center — claims Schock was only allowed by law to seek a $5,000 donation.

* More

Ethics officials would not discuss whether the super PAC was a focus of the investigation — or the sole focus. Schock also has come under scrutiny over his spending of campaign money for meals and hotels. Dutton said, however, the probe had nothing to do with Schock’s campaign spending, including a hotel bill from Greece that was reported this year by a watchdog group.

After Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington detailed Schock’s use of campaign dollars, he reimbursed his war chest for a $1,136 stay in 2009 at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a luxury hotel in Athens. Federal election law does not allow the use of campaign money for vacations.

At the time of CREW’s disclosure, Schock aide Steven Shearer called payment for the Greek hotel a “mistake.” He said a credit card receipt for the hotel had erroneously been “included with a stack of other legitimate campaign expenses.”

Man, that Greek hotel will make one heckuva TV ad if Schock runs for governor.

Your thoughts on all of this?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


24 Comments
  1. - shore - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 10:25 am:

    He’s impressed with the life. You don’t read stuff about him working on bills or leading things you read “spottings” of him at various “after hours events” and see pictures of him in “outfits” on gawker. Some people go to dc like al franken and hillary clinton after getting elected in 08 and 00 and buckle down others get into trouble.


  2. - Colossus - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 10:33 am:

    If I remember correctly, this ethics probe was being floated even back in the 2010 campaign, though nothing was firm then.

    I saw a connected Republican friend recently and mentioned Schock was making a bit of noise. My friend gave me a look and just said “Anybody can make noise.”


  3. - Moe - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 10:35 am:

    “When somebody files a complaint against you, it takes several years to go through the process,”

    And I’m going to enjoy hearing about this story every day for the next few weeks as anyone who is anyone, down to the janitors in Springfield comment on it, news (relevant or irrelevant) slowly drips out, and yet another Illinois politican is bled dry by a death of a thousand cuts.

    Good times, yo…


  4. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 10:37 am:

    http://www.grandebretagne.gr


  5. - just sayin' - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 11:00 am:

    darn I was hoping Schock would make the leap and run for governor, thus likely ending up with no office. But this looks like a game ender.

    and yeah nice try on the hotel “mistake” Aaron. you’re just sorry you got caught.


  6. - Endangered Moderate Species - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 11:30 am:

    He would have been an interesting gubernatorial candidate. His ego may still make it fun for the political theater. As for him winning the Republican primary, that train just left the tracks.


  7. - vole - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 11:32 am:

    Hey, you are talking about my representative, i.e. another conservative ideologue masquerading as as a middle of the roader. What did happen to the Dirksens, the Michels, and the LaHoods who actually did represent the moderate middle of the districts and the state? Ain’t there a revolving door there in D.C. for Schock to cash in on? He has certainly knows how to run the requisite campaign finance shop (maybe). OK, I got no respect.


  8. - Easy - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 12:04 pm:

    This is just a lot of smoke, no fire. So someone in a GOP primary is going to attack him for raising $$ for another IL republican? Give me a break. It’s not like he did a commercial for Obama or something….


  9. - ZC - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 1:03 pm:

    It’s eye-opening that the Greek hotel bit ( very likely legal ) would cause Schock more grief in a race than the Super PAC solicitation ( possibly breathtaking in how casually, arrogantly illegal it was for Schock to do ). But weird as the legal line Schock is accused of crossing, it makes sense to enforce it. Otherwise in 2014 candidates will spend all their time directly chasing million dollar contributions to their respective Super PACs, in person.


  10. - bored now - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 1:09 pm:

    Schock is relying on the fact that the public doesn’t really pay attention, and is probably completely unaware of the fact(s) that, 1. the ethics committee has an equal number of Ds and Rs, 2. that there has been a virtual moratorium on ethics investigations for almost a decade, and 3. the ethics committee is stepping into the void left by the paralysis in the FEC. but Schock is right about how slow the process is, and maybe he is expecting to run for a different office before they conclude their investigation and vote on a punishment for any infractions…


  11. - Much Ado - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 1:27 pm:

    Great chatter for insiders. Largely irrelevant for the average person. You can solicit 5K but not 25K? That’s the kind of absurd minutiae that the public hates.


  12. - ChicagoR - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 1:44 pm:

    I’m no fan of Schock or his positions on pretty much any issue, but it doesn’t look to me like there’s anything significant here to affect his political future.


  13. - Endangered Moderate Species - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 2:07 pm:

    “So someone in a GOP primary is going to attack him for raising $$ for another IL republican?”

    If he chooses to run for Governor the primary attacks will be light on details and heavy on the fact he broke the rules. He will also be attacked for staying at a high-end hotel and charging it to his campaign fund. The days of the GOP playing well together have gone by. These are exactly the kind of actions that drive the tea pots crazy. If he survives the primary, the Dems will most certainly attack him on these issues.


  14. - D.P. Gumby - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 2:48 pm:

    Schock makes Quinn look qualified for governor!


  15. - ZC - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 2:50 pm:

    Much Ado,

    Yes, if you believe in contribution limits (not everyone does, fair enough) then at some point an arbitrary threshold has to be defined. Else it’s not a question of soliciting $2500. It’s a question of soliciting $25 million.

    That’s the way campaign finance works. If someone commits a small violation a couple of grand above the set limit, and nothing happens, then that’s not a conclusion that 25K is now the new ceiling; the conclusion is there are no effective limits whatsoever.


  16. - palatine - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 4:27 pm:

    never been impressed with him


  17. - wordslinger - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 5:36 pm:

    Seems pretty weak Borscht. The House Ethics Committee is as slow as molasses. I doubt there’s much there there.


  18. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 6:34 pm:

    Unsolicited advice: Just stay away from Greece, guys. Seriously, are unnecessary trips abroad and other expenses worth all the controversy, the potentially negative impact on your reputations, and careers? Talk about missing the forest looking for the trees.

    And, it looks just plain tacky.


  19. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 9:20 pm:

    Reminds me of an acquaitance whose spouse decided to run for office. Rented a limo (using campaign funds) to drive them around from event to event to impress the voters.

    Still can’t understand why they lost.


  20. - Bemused - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 9:32 pm:

    From what I’m seeing here this may not be a big deal. That’s fine it may be fun to see him take a run at the big chair. I feel his run so far has been pretty much on greased rails. Let’s see how he does if he has to slog it out in the trenches.


  21. - Excessively Rabid - Monday, Dec 17, 12 @ 10:27 pm:

    Seems frustratingly routine to me. I wish they had something that would make him Blago’s cellmate for life. Those two are birds of a feather. But it doesn’t look like they have much.


  22. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Dec 18, 12 @ 7:29 am:

    It is a big deal. The campaign ads will feature Schock’s mugshot along side Jesse Jackson’s.

    The bigger deal is that after JACK! Ryan, this is the kind of stuff that gives big donors the heebeejeebees. Schock might be able to spin it within the friendly confines of a hometown paper, but the Tribune isnt in the tank, and big donors can see this for what it is: blatant disregard for the law.


  23. - Louis Howe - Tuesday, Dec 18, 12 @ 8:08 am:

    Schock reminds me of another former reckless Congressman, Jerry Weller. There’s a pattern developing.


  24. - quincy - Tuesday, Dec 18, 12 @ 5:54 pm:

    Hey XGov Rod you got an x bed in your cell. Just tell the truth for wants. You lie like the rest of them in D. C.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Attorneys: Providers still not being paid
* Moody's: Illinois ratings will be based on whether state can deal with revenue problems and show it can make required pension payments
* Reader comments closed until Tuesday
* Oh, for crying out loud
* Not as simple as it may look
* *** UPDATED x1 *** State complies with court order on DD payments
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Question of the day
* Nuding praises Arduin
* YOU Matter to Illinois Credit Unions
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Point, counter-point
* Not there yet
* Will remap reform proposal hurt Democrats?
* Where are they now?
* Putting two and two together
* No excuse for this loophole
* From a "trap" to a "magnet"
* FOP wants override of AFSCME bill veto
* Report: 34,000 losing independent living services
* No movement yet
* Today's number: $58.1 million
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Apple goes Hollywood? Interest rumored in original programming
        * Discover Blackbird Estate in Spider: Rite of Shrouded Moon
        * Unlocked Surface 3 LTE edition still coming – just a little later than planned
        * Defeat your demons (we mean actual demons) in Brave Knight Rush
        * Apple shows interest in competing with Microsoft’s HoloLens
        * Samsung formally announces Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic with rotating-bezel control
        * Time to concentrate, block all those distracting apps and games with ClearLock

        * White Sox callups likely to be familiar faces
        * Podcast: See you in September
        * Guessing the White Sox' September call-ups
        * White Sox Minor League Update: Aug. 30-Sept. 5
        * White Sox steal finale win from Mariners
        * Ventura keeps disappointment in perspective
        * White Sox battle back, capitalize on error

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        August 2015
        July 2015
        June 2015
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Heavy rainfall tarnishes quality of Illinois wheat crop
        * East St. Louis man charged in fatal Swansea stabbing
        * West Nile virus kills elderly man from Chicago south suburb
        * Moody's warns Illinois lawmakers of budget stalemate impact
        * Rauner signs law toughening penalties on drunk drivers
        * Riverton woman receives top forensic scientist award
        * Chicago schools CEO wants 5 hires for total $900K salary
        * Second City says fire cancels this week's shows
        * Judge acquits Chicago lawyer of coaching lies
        * Fire destroys nearly century-old bowling alley in Chicago

        * State, Teamsters agree on new contract
        * Rauner signs law toughening penalties on drunken drivers
        * Illinois State Museum is latest target in political fight
        * Moody's warns Illinois lawmakers of budget stalemate impact
        * Rauner signs law toughening penalties on drunk drivers
        * Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuclear plant
        * Illinois investigates parole board members' bankruptcies
        * Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuke plant
        * Illinois investigates state parole board members' bankruptcies
        * Statehouse Insider: Illinois State Fair: Fair or flop?

        * Scott Turow thinks his law partners wish he'd hustle more
        * This field trip favorite might be latest casualty in Illinois' budget fight
        * Coming soon to a McDonald's near you (or not): pumpkin spiced lattes
        * Exelon and Pepco: We're not giving up
        * Waiting for Godot, and Spirit Airlines


          * Hospital doorman welcomes newborns with 'Happy Birthday'
          * McCarthy: Illegal guns, 'gateway crime to committing murder'
          * Lindenhurst teen, father mourned; Grayslake schools offer support
          * Police: Niles man killed in Evanston shooting survived 2012 attack
          * Long a neighborhood hangout, Chicago bowling alley ravaged by fire
          * 4 dead, 25 sick in Legionnaires' outbreak at veterans' home
          * Judge acquits attorney on charges he coached witnesses to lie
          * Senate hopeful Zopp: Byrd-Bennett's ties to firm were 'a plus, not a negative'
          * Chicago sues red light camera firm for $300 million
          * Officials: 2nd person dies after accident caused by man fleeing police


          * State, Teamsters agree on new contract
          * Rauner signs law toughening penalties on drunken drivers
          * Illinois State Museum is latest target in political fight
          * Moody's warns Illinois lawmakers of budget stalemate impact
          * The Rev. David Hoefler: Springfield diocese not targeting non-Catholics
          * Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuclear plant
          * Illinois investigates parole board members' bankruptcies
          * Our Opinion: Drop in Illinois State Fair attendance not such a mystery
          * Bernard Schoenburg: 'Great conversation' has Rep. Rodney Davis hopeful about VA head
          * Statehouse Insider: Illinois State Fair: Fair or flop?


          * Urbana Council Boneyard Tour
          * Fulfilling his dream, Dean Troutman installs last of Princeville playground equipment
          * Dick's in mall aiming for October opening
          * News-Gazette SportsPage 08-31-15
          * PODCAST: Dr. Richard Goding on injuries among farmers and laborers
          * Updated: pickup truck hits building after collision with bus in Champaign
          * HS Golf: Champaign County Meet
          * Truck strikes building in Champaign
          * Peoria evangelist organizes effort to 'take the prayer to the streets'
          * Pickup truck hits building near downtown Champaign


          * New business gets new window designs
          * The Latest: Plan calls for tax districts for Bucks arena
          * Cubit hoping to project professionalism in new role
          * California doctor faces murder trial in 3 drug deaths
          * Chad Curtis can't interview women in sexual misconduct case

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * Levee to prevent flooding along Des Plaine......
          * Durbin, Schakowsky help celebrate Levee 37......

          * Kirk visits health-care innovation facilit......

          * The 'Beautiful Game' Turns Ugly: New Mob Museum Display Explores Corruption Of FIFA
          * The Weekend In Chicago Rock
          * Real Chi Youth Presents: Chicago Producers On The Rise
          * SlutWalk Chicago 2015
          * The [Monday] Papers
          * Analysis: Chicago's TIF Program Had $1.4 Billion In Unspent Funds At Start Of 2015
          * Chicago Ald. Ramirez-Rosa Supports Dyett Hunger Strikers
          * State Budget Impasse Could Force Shutdown Of Cook County Independent Living Center
          * Give a shout out to Forrest Claypool.
          * On the 14th day, religious leaders make their appeal and Claypool does what we predicted he would do.


          * State-Teamsters One Step Closer to Finalizing Agreement
          * Veteran Spouse Ada Ruth Cripps Honored As The IDVA Volunteer of the Year
          * Governor Announces Appointments
          * State to Issue $16 million in Credits to Reverse Penalties for Monthly Electronic Wage Reporting - Rules provide relief for nearly 13,000 employers over the next six months
          * Two Deaths at Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller