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September 17, 2014

Don Young Must Repay $59K for Improper Trips/Gifts

A U.S. Representative must repay $59,000 to those who provided improper gifts, as well as be reproved by the House Ethics Committee.

The House Ethics Committee released a report on Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, stating that in regard to fifteen trips and certain gifts, (1) Young violated House rules, and other laws and standards of conduct, (2) Young failed to report certain gifts, (3) Young must repay the $59,064 value of those trips and gifts, (4) Young must amend his personal financial disclosure report to show the gifts, and (5) Young should be reproved for his conduct with respect to his personal use of campaign funds, his acceptance of improper gifts, and his failure to report certain gifts.

Roll Call’s Matt Fuller recaps the report in his articleDon Young Broke House Rules, Ethics Committee Says.

Appendix A of the Ethics Committee report details the nineteen gifts Young received, including hunting trips to the Kodiak Sportsman Lodge in Alaska in May 2006 and May 2008. The host/donor for both the trips was Randy DeLay, brother of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. For another trip in January 2006 to the Mariposa Ranch, in Texas, KBR was the host/donor. New York mall developer Robert Congel was the host/donor for three trips for Young to Congel’s New York state 5,000 acre nature preserve, Savannah Dhu.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF ETHICS WITH REGARDS TO THE 3 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS STILL WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS, THE REPUBLICAN SENATE HAS BLOCKED ALL ATTEMPTS AT PASSING THE EXTENSION BILL. MEAN WHILE THESE FAMILIES HAVE LEFT IN FINANCIAL RUIN WITHOUT HELP. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SHOWN A LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY FOR THOSE HARDEST HIT MY THE RECESSION. THEY HAVE FAILED THESE AMERICANS. THEY ARE UNWORTHY OF OFFICE.

  • Scot Chipping

    Great thinkers, such as John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Frederic Bastiat, and Alexis de Tocqueville, helped discover and refine the ideas and institutions of liberty and individualism.

  • ExVariable

    David Hume noted our inherent moral standards when he observed that “the rules of our morality are not the conclusions of our reason“.

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