Calls on Office of Congressional Ethics to Review the Congressman’s Repeated Use of Public Position to Promote Private Financial Interests
Date: Sept. 13, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Citing numerous, reported instances of U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA-49) using his public position to advance his private financial interests, American Family Voices today filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) urging the “independent, non-partisan entity charged with reviewing allegations of misconduct against Members, officers, and staff of the United States House of Representatives” to do so for the Congressman, who ironically and disturbingly serves as Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a Committee charged with “proactively investigating and exposing” waste, fraud, and abuse.
Mike Lux, President of American Family Voices: “Alarms have been going off for some time about Darrell Issa’s apparent conflicts of interests, and the OCE should immediately review whether the Congressman has inappropriately exploited his position of power for personal gain. Was it appropriate, for example, for the Rep. Issa to put pressure on the SEC to back off investigating Goldman Sachs amid allegations that it defrauded investors in the run-up to the financial crisis, while at the same time he personally held millions of dollars in Goldman Sachs assets? Was it appropriate for the Congressman to secure millions of dollars in congressional earmarks for roadwork that promised to improve traffic to the numerous commercial properties he owns north of San Diego? As someone who often wags his finger about the “lack of transparency” in Washington, Rep. Issa should welcome with open arms such a review by the Office of Congressional Ethics into these apparent conflicts of interest.”
Ethics Complaint Filed Against Darrell Issa