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By Kent Cooper Posted at 9:41 a.m. on April 10, 2014
A Congressman’s handling of a $1 million grant and his campaign fund expenditures are being probed by the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., acknowledged the inquiry and stated, “I’ve been cooperative,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Congressman’s campaign committee, Citizens for Rush, is paying the Dickstein Shapiro law firm for legal services. His attorney is Scott Thomas, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.
Chuck Neubauer and Sandy Bergo reported in several Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association investigative articles that there was little to show from a $1 million grant Rush’s non-profit received from SBC (now AT&T). The articles also highlighted the mixing of campaign funds and those of his church where he is the minister. Carolyn Rush also was listed as a $3,000-a-month consultant to the campaign.
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Kent Cooper has been uncovering and counting political money since 1972, when new disclosure laws took effect. He was assistant staff director for the Federal Election Commission's disclosure office for 22 years.
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