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March 7, 2015

Congressional Staffer Arrested on 17 Counts of Child Sex Crimes

Matthew Pennell, right, a staffer for Huelskamp is facing criminal charges for sexual exploitation (Photo Courtesy Facebook)

Matthew Pennell, right, a staffer for Huelskamp, is facing criminal charges for sexual exploitation of a minor (Photo Courtesy Facebook)

A staffer for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child, according to KWCH in Kansas.

Matthew P. Pennell was arrested Thursday on 17 counts of alleged child sex crimes. He is listed as a constituent services representative for Huelskamp, according to Legistorm. He started working for Huelskamp in June 2014, according to his Facebook profile. Full story

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 12:08 p.m.
Campus Crime

February 4, 2015

‘Downton Office’ Not First Ethics Flap for Schock

This isn't Schock's first time under fire from the Office of Congressional Ethics (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Ethics Committee still has a referral on Schock on the books. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Aaron Schock’s, R-Ill., recent flap about his “Downton Abbey”-inspired office decor is not his first run-in with ethics watchdogs. The House Ethics Committee still has a referral into Schock’s actions from March 2012. This case stems from an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation that found he may have improperly solicited contributions for an anti-incumbent super PAC.

In an April 6, 2012, Roll Call story, Schock explained he had approached former Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in March 2012 and requested a contribution for the Campaign for Primary Accountability to pay for television advertising in support of Rep. Adam Kinzinger in his primary challenge to Rep. Don Manzullo. Schock told CQ Roll Call, “I said, ‘Look, I’m going to do $25,000 [specifically] for the Kinzinger campaign for the television campaign,’ and said, ‘Can you match that ?’” “And he said, ‘Absolutely.’” Full story

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 1:44 p.m.

June 10, 2014

New LGBT Leadership for House and Senate Staffers

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Congressional Staff Association, the House of Representatives’ bipartisan LGBT organization, has announced new leadership changes.

Michelle Mittler, director of scheduling and special events for Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., will serve as the organization’s first female president. Mitchell Rivard, communications director for Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., will serve as vice president.

GLASS, the Senate LGBT organization, announced last week that Justin Laufer, a legislative correspondent for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, will join the steering committee. Laufer is the first Republican to serve on the GLASS board this year.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 5:10 a.m.

May 21, 2014

Senate Constituent Services Provider CEO Resigning After Admitting to Fraud

Symplicity, an approved software vendor for the U.S. Senate, announced its chief executive officer and chief technology officers are stepping down after admitting to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by spying on rival firms.

The company is one of four approved vendors that provides a constituent services system for receiving, tracking and managing correspondence sent to Senate offices from folks back home. This can include sorting large amounts of incoming and outgoing letters and emails, along with tracking personal visits and phone calls and creating templates for bulk mailings. Some offices also rely on the system for scheduling. Full story

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 3:45 p.m.

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