A Republican member of the US House recently claimed that a colleague was paid $1,200 by a lobbyist in exchange for his vote on an issue regarding the Bureau of Land Management.
The congressman, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), says another House member told him he’d get a check for $1,200 if he voted “no” on the legislation, and that when McAllister later told the friend that he never received a check, the friend was surprised as he’d received his.
McAllister, who now refuses to identify the corrupt member of Congress, claims that he wasn’t suggested that he himself voted that way in anticipation of a payoff.
Rather, McAllister says, he simply wanted to show how corrupt Congress is. Which is interesting since McAllister witnessed what may in fact be a crime — and at the very least is something he himself considered corrupt — yet he’s now refusing to report the corruption to the authorities because it involved his buddies. Some would call that “corruption.”
CREW is calling for a DOJ and House investigation. Here’s CREW:
Trading votes for campaign contributions may violate bribery, illegal gratuity and honest service fraud statutes. House rules also prohibit members from accepting any campaign contribution in exchange for official action, from abusing their positions for their personal financial benefit, and from engaging in conduct that reflects discreditably upon the House. If Rep. McAllister, the unnamed member, or any other member exchanged a vote for a campaign contribution, or voted with the expectation of receiving a campaign contribution in reward, such conduct likely would violate federal law and House rules.
Ms. Sloan continued, “When a member of Congress has publicly proclaimed personal knowledge of members trading votes for campaign contributions, the question is not should DOJ and the Ethics Committee investigate, it is how is it possible that authorities haven’t already opened inquiries. What more would it possibly take to prod those charged with enforcing anti-corruption laws to act?”