Conservative group files ethics complaint against John Lewis, top aide

WASHINGTON – A conservative watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. John Lewis Monday, alleging that the Atlanta Democrat improperly hired his top aide as a highly-paid staffer on his reelection campaign.

In a complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, alleged that Michael Collins, Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, broke ethics rules that bar senior staffers from serving on campaign organizations as officers and making more than the allowed amount for outside work.

FACT said Lewis was also at fault for hiring Collins as his campaign treasurer.

“Representative Lewis’s dual employment of Collins as both his chief of staff and campaign treasurer indicates that both Lewis and Collins violated ethics rules prohibiting this type of employment and outside salary limits,” Matthew Whitaker, the group’s executive director, wrote in a letter to Congress’ nonpartisan ethics watchdog on Monday.

Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones said lawyers have reviewed the matter “and we were assured there was no violation of ethics rules.”

“Though Mr. Collins was temporarily listed as treasurer when the old treasurer had to leave the campaign, Mr. Collins never received any payment for his service as acting treasurer. Thus, it is our understanding that there was no violation of House ethics rules,” Jones said in a statement.

Lewis’ campaign committee paid Collins $27,550 in consulting fees in 2015, according to federal campaign finance filings.

Jones said Lewis would comply with any inquiries made by the ethics committee but sharply criticized “right wing attack dogs” for going after the 16-term congressman for his dissent against President Donald Trump.

“They have published skewed stories about his legacy, sent partisan so-called journalists to try to corner him in the halls of Congress in unauthorized spaces, and now they are filing an ethics complaint,” Jones said. She added, “too often in contemporary America speaking truth to power means having to suffer threats, harassment and attempts at intimidation.”

This isn’t the first time FACT has gone after Lewis. The group slapped the 16-term lawmaker and several other House Democrats with another ethics complaint last summer for fundraising off the 26-hour gun control sit-in they led on the House floor.

Collins was cited by the House Ethics Committee in 2011 for failing to list $54,00 he made in consulting fees on his income tax returns and finance disclosure reports.

“These mistakes were not intentional but were due to an inadvertent omission in disclosure, ” Collins said at the time. He said he accepted “full responsibility” for the omission.

This is the second time Collins has made the news over the last year. Federal prosecutors in July accused a Washington, D.C. man of posing as Collins in order to snag pro football tickets and star treatment at a South Beach bar.

 


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Katie Hicks
Katie Hicks

John Lewis needs some very deep investigation. More to come if they look for it. Drain the Swamp.

Fred Hackney
Fred Hackney

Good..He is a racist...he likes to throw that world around..so right back at you.

Robert G Luckey
Robert G Luckey

Lewis needs to give it up and retire. He is not thinking right. Lol get it.

Alice Bracewell
Alice Bracewell

Conservatives beat the hell out of him and now the same kind of people want to file ethics complaint????!!!! That's rich!

Hubert J.Chris. Burson
Hubert J.Chris. Burson

He is not untouchable. This president won't protect him. His time of value has passed and maybe he will see that soon.

Michael R Williams
Michael R Williams

Funny, I never have put conservatives and ethics together in the same sentence

Byron Teal Sr.
Byron Teal Sr.

This is the best news anyone could get he should be. Racist, bigotry, and just unamerican. Black or white doesn't matter he's wrong period

Shanie Mattox
Shanie Mattox

Oh, so since they couldn't get rid of the ethics laws in the middle of the night, they're going to use them against dems at every turn. Of course.

Archer Franqui
Archer Franqui

NOOOOO, YOU CANT DO THIS BECAUSE IF YOU SAY ANYTHING AGAINST LEWIS YOU ARE A RACIST, right.

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

GOOD! It's about time this RACIST PHONY gets called out.

Vance McFarland
Vance McFarland

John Lewis is an icon, Trump and his people should have a dunce hat and sit in the corner of History.

David Andrews
David Andrews

Lewis has used his race to violate ethics and laws for 30 years. Just go away John Lewis.

Wilma Jones
Wilma Jones

Ethics and a liberal should not be used in the same sentence

Jill Swartz Aldhizer
Jill Swartz Aldhizer

Georgia Politics News Now should be renamed to Georgia Liberal Politics news!

Clara Mae Jones
Clara Mae Jones

This is nothing more than a which hunt. Look at all the stuff Trump did and still doing in two weeks. His attack on Trump was genuine, who came for him several times publicly. Trump is the president and he has done some horrifying things and lied. Lewis need to get his counsel and fight this foolishness.

Marvin Junior
Marvin Junior

I am no Trump supporter by any means "BUT" sadly John Lewis sold us out when he endorsed Hillary Clinton and lied and said Bernie Sanders was not at any civil rights marches. :-(

Marvin Junior
Marvin Junior

"Conservatives" and "Ethics" shouldn't ever even be in the same sentence!

Will Jones
Will Jones

With a full head of hair at 22 why is Mr. Lewis now the victim of the biblical curse of baldness? Could it be the same satanic #Pizzagate faction - we Black Israelites and Whites, the "righteous remnant of the House of Israel" came to America in express covenant with God to escape - which killed Dr. King and John Kennedy - crucified The Christ and ran "the Wall Street of slavery" at Rome for over 2,000 years - through blackmail now "owns" Mr. Lewis, a supporter of their illegal immigration by Rome's organized army of pawns for invasion and conquest of our prophesied "Promised Land?" Does this explain why he has done nothing to bring the killers of King and Kennedy to Justice; they who have gone on to commit 9/11? Did John Lewis drive his wife to drink and an early grave? As his line is cut-off and he is accursed of God, why should Atlanta continue to bless him?

R Sloan Simpson
R Sloan Simpson

Wow I'd love to know what you were on when you wrote this.

Will Jones
Will Jones

Lunch with John at Comet Ping Pong Pizza regularly?

Will Jones
Will Jones

On God's scales you are unbalanced, and you and your victims know it.

Will Jones
Will Jones

So...your answer, one way or another, is "yes."

Will Jones
Will Jones

What Devil's brew got you where you are? "Milkshakes?"

Will Jones
Will Jones

You pretend it isn't obvious. Look in a mirror and regain the self respect evil stole from you: Why let Satan's priest win? Repent. God created and loves you still.

WillJones
WillJones

With a full head of hair at 22 why is Mr. Lewis now the victim of the biblical curse of baldness? Could it be the same satanic #Pizzagate faction - we Black Israelites and Whites, the "righteous remnant of the House of Israel" came to America in express covenant with God to escape - which killed Dr. King and John Kennedy - crucified The Christ and ran "the Wall Street of slavery" at Rome for over 2,000 years - through blackmail now "owns" Mr. Lewis, a supporter of their illegal immigration by Rome's organized army of pawns for invasion and conquest of our prophesied "Promised Land?" 


Does this explain why he has done nothing to bring the killers of King and Kennedy to Justice; they who have gone on to commit 9/11? Did John Lewis drive his wife to drink and an early grave?


As his line is cut-off and he is accursed of God, why should Atlanta continue to bless him?

Hilda Disla Moya
Hilda Disla Moya

Jeri i agree with you youare very intelligent woman thank

Spencer Kent
Spencer Kent

He looks like some sort of Halloween creature..

Sharon Bard
Sharon Bard

You liberals needs to grow up y'all are the ones that is destroying America along with Hollywood and as Republicans we had enough of you we're ready to take America back that's why we voted for Donald Trump to get the crooks out of there

Justin Hughes
Justin Hughes

Our first mafia president! You rednecks better learn Russian quick because your leaders are going to prison.

Dawn Pritchett
Dawn Pritchett

That's so damn funny. Yeah BP executives aren't criminals? Really???

Jan Collins Kacmarek
Jan Collins Kacmarek

Yea..... he's really purging Washington of the crooks and crooked behavior.

Mak Sanders
Mak Sanders

Valerie Hall... girl,lol ..there's no rhyme or reason to their rhetoric. They're all cranked up and foaming at the mouth. When he turns the knife on them, they'll realize folks were telling them the truth after he jabs and twists it in their backs.

Paul Woods
Paul Woods

Yeah... Trump is doing an amazing job. He's obviously a really intelligent, well informed president who has big plans to clean up Washington and help lower and middle class America get back on its feet. \U0001f644You're such a blind moron. Good luck.