Ethics Board recommends further review of alleged misuse of campaign funds by West Virginia representative

WASHINGTON, DC (WOWK) – The Board of Directors of the Office of Congressional Ethics in the United States House of Representatives has recommended a closer examination to find out if US Congressman Alex Mooney (R-WV) embezzled campaign funds.

The allegations claim that the congressman’s campaign committee reported campaign disbursements that “may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenses attributable to a good faith campaign or for political purposes,” according to a recently released report. of the Congressional Ethics Office. The report also states that Mooney may have failed or failed to disclose the required information in the Federal Election Commission Nominee Committee report files.

The Council says it voted unanimously, 6-0, that there are “substantial reasons to believe” that these allegations may be true and therefore called for further consideration. If the review reveals the allegations to be true, Mooney may have broken House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.

The investigation was first revealed at the end of August by an article published by the CQ call. The article said the investigation showed Mooney had spent money on family vacations and nearly $ 3,500 through his campaign committee at West Virginia fast food restaurants since 2017, which marked the start of his second term. According to Roll Call, the original investigation looked into the use and reporting of approximately a total of $ 40,000 in expenses.

When the committee announced in early September that it would extend its investigation, Mooney’s campaign spokesman Mark Hall said:

Prior to the Congressional Ethics Office investigation, Congressman Mooney adopted several new procedures, amended previous reports to ensure accuracy, and hired a company to ensure full legal compliance and accurate reporting. Congressman Mooney is cooperating fully in this matter. The congressman will clear this up and, as always, stand up for the people of West Virginia and their conservative values.


WOWK has yet to receive a campaign statement from Mooney regarding this latest report. We will update this story when we receive a statement from the representative and his office. A complete copy of the latest Congressional Ethics Office report is available here.

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