Rising GOP star, McMorris Rodgers, faces ethics probe
February 6th, 2014
04:43 PM ET
6 months ago

Rising GOP star, McMorris Rodgers, faces ethics probe

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a rising political star who gave the Republican response to the State of the Union address last week, is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegations she improperly mixed campaign money and official office funds to finance a bid for a party leadership post.

McMorris Rodgers won the House Republican Conference chairmanship - the fourth-highest position in the GOP leadership - after the 2012 election, beating Rep. Tom Price of Georgia.

As one of only 19 women out of more than 230 House Republicans, McMorris Rodgers frequently serves as the top spokeswoman for the Republican Party's outreach to women.

The Ethics Committee revealed its investigation on Thursday in a statement. It acknowledging that the matter had been referred to the panel in December by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

A source close to the inquiry told CNN that a former staffer for McMorris Rodgers filed the initial complaint.

According to House Rules, members are allowed to use money from personal campaign accounts and official office allowances to cover costs incurred in leadership races. But there are restrictions on mixing the two and on the types of activities that can be paid for with the funds.

Nate Hodson, a spokesman for McMorris Rodgers, responded to the investigation.

"We are confident that every activity was compliant with all federal laws, House rules, and standards of conduct. We are fully cooperating and look forward to seeing this matter dismissed," he said.

In a statement to CNN, McMorris Rodgers' attorney called the investigation "an unfortunate rite of passage for many members of Congress" and said she has "fully cooperated" with the OCE.

"We are confident that the committee will ultimately find that the allegations were baseless and that her office always followed all laws, rules and standards of conduct," Eliot Berke said.

The Ethics Committee said it would announce its "course of action" by March 24.

soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Just go away–she looks like brainless Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman,.

    February 6, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Rising GOP star, McMorris Rodgers, faces ethics probe"

    Well, at least it's trans-vginal.

    February 6, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    oops, edit haha

    ""Rising GOP star, McMorris Rodgers, faces ethics probe"

    Well, at least it's NOT trans-vginal.

    February 6, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Hardly the crime of the century, but see where it leads.

    February 6, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    "Rising GOP star, McMorris Rodgers, faces ethics probe"
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    What makes her a star all of a sudden? Just because she gave the SOTU rebuttal? Give me a break. As far as this investigation goes, a former staffer of her's made the complaint. Let's hear & see all the facts.

    February 6, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    " improperly mixed campaign money and official office funds "

    When repugs do that in GA, and get caught, they just 'admit' that they made an error in accounting. What's the problem??

    Now, if a Dem did it, or, in Georgia, a BLACK Dem, Look Out. Criminal Charges!

    That's how republicans do things. I'm kinda shocked the House would even investigate it.

    And, BTW, the woman didn't sound all that bright in her 'rebuttal'. Even for a repug.

    February 6, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Following in Michele Bachmann's shoes, is she? Oops.

    February 6, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Yaa, a rising star like Rubio and Cruz and the teaparty morons??????

    February 6, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I refer to her as The Swallower because of how often she found herself dry-swallowing while delivering her little speech.
    This is the type of stuff I was referencing when I said that a lot of these GOPeeing Teatards cannot make it past the vetting stage.
    Although I am still floored that the Quiiter from Wasilla made it as far as she did.

    February 6, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "A source close to the inquiry told CNN that a former staffer for McMorris Rodgers filed the initial complaint."

    Perhaps she is following in Chris Christie's footsteps as well. There seems to be a "staffer" backlash in the GOP. Hopefully we won't be getting the "I never knew 'em" talking points from McMorris Rodgers.

    February 6, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    Following in Michele Bachmann's shoes, is she?
    --------------------–
    You think she's applied for her Swiss citizenship llike Michelle yet?

    February 6, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Insert sarcastic remark here

    Isn't an ethics probe a requirement to be a rising GOP star? ;-)

    February 6, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Thomas

    And after her response to the State of the Union address last week , I thought she was the New and Improved Sarah Palin .

    I was wrong .

    February 6, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...If this investigation starts going south it may not be a bad idea.
    After all, wsn't it right about the time that Michelle was being investigated that she thought it would be a good idea to have dual citizenship, you know, just in cases.... as they say.

    February 6, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama:

    I give you credit for staying tuned in for her SOTU response. I saw the couch, the background, and I skipped out of her "Mommy Knows Best" routine.

    She seemed likable enough, but the 50s routine? No.

    February 6, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama: "You think she's applied for her Swiss citizenship llike Michelle yet?"

    Tee hee. Apparently Michele stopped the paperwork and never became "Ms Swiss" after all. Too much GOPer backlash perhaps?

    But let this be a lesson to the women of the GOP: don't give GOP SOTU rebuttals. It is a career ender.

    February 6, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. rla

    Typical smear campaign!!! Progressives do this to all people who are a threat.

    February 6, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    don't give GOP SOTU rebuttals. It is a career ender.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Yeah, and not just for womeneither.
    Look at Jindhal and Marcos "can-somebody-PLEASE-get-that-boy-a-glass-of-water" Rubio.
    They are going nowhere fast.

    February 6, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Typical smear campaign!!! Progressives do this to all people who are a threat.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Her own staffer reported her.
    What is your malfunction?

    February 6, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    I didn't even watch or listen to her. I turned the SOTU address off AS SOON as our wonderful President finished speaking. The last thing I wanted to see or hear was a disrespectful republikkkan knocking him as they have been since day one.

    As for the economy, yes it's the fault of his predecessor. Starting in 07 people started losing jobs left and right. Millions of jobs were lost prior to President Obama even being inaugurated. I never thought the GOP hated him more than they loved their country.

    My best friends' mother is a retired teacher. Before the election of 08 she and I were talking. She said Obama might win. She said he'd win because the country was in the toilet and they needed someone to blame. So give it to the black guy to try to fix it. If he did fix it, they would immediately step in and try to take the credit for the comeback or if it got worse, they would put the blame square on his shoulders. I'll be darned if she wasn't right. Can you imagine how much better the USA would be if the GOP had put as much time and energy into helping the POTUS instead of opposing everything he does?

    February 6, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. will never vote Republician again

    Well said, Wake Up People!

    February 6, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    gop /teaparty have to go,anyone for immigration,jobs,healthcare,etc,should vote them out 2014, nobody needs to suffer because of their ignorance ,McMorris shame on you

    February 6, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up People!
    AS SOON as our wonderful President finished speaking.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Babe, you make my heart smile!

    February 6, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. xray vision

    I'm shocked!

    February 6, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    What's the best way to see a falling star? Have the media label them a rising GOP political star.

    February 6, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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