Ethics panel disciplines Rep. Don Young over hunting trips
June 20th, 2014
03:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Ethics panel disciplines Rep. Don Young over hunting trips

(CNN) – Longtime Rep. Don Young misused campaign funds and accepted improper gifts relating to hunting trips he took with his family and staff over the years, the House Ethics Committee concluded on Friday.

The panel found that the 21-term Alaska Republican broke its rules when he used campaign funds for personal purposes and improperly accepted gifts for 15 trips between 2001-13.

“The committee finds that Representative Young should repay the value of those improper trips and gifts” to his campaign and other individuals.

The bill: $59,063.74. The panel also said Young should amend his financial disclosure forms.

Young was not sanctioned over the matter, but he did receive a letter of reproval, or rebuke, condemning the misconduct.

Young, who was first elected to the House in 1973, apologized in a statement.

"There were a number of instances where I failed to exercise due care in complying with the House’s Code of Conduct and for that I apologize.”

Young noted the panel did not find that he acted “corruptly or in bad faith" and that he’s reimbursed his campaign fund, Alaskans for Don Young.

“I have made each of the payments recommended by the committee and have taken significant steps since 2007 to strengthen my office’s polices for compliance with the Code of Conduct to ensure that these types of oversights do not happen again."

CNN's Paul Courson contributed to this report.


Filed under: Alaska • Congress • Don Young • House
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    What a surprise. Guns Over People teatards involved. ALWAYS follow the money. That's why they hate the IRS.

    June 20, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    Didn't know the GOTP had codes of conduct.

    June 20, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    You apologize? That's all you've got?
    Maybe you can hire the two baltimore cops who slaughtered a Shar Pei this past weekend. A dog with more tags than you have brains, decency or respect!

    June 20, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. NATHAN PIMPLERLY

    Guns over Tea potty poopie heads!

    June 20, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    What I find most interesting is that these revelations are not exposed until after the primary season has ended.

    June 20, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Fed up

    Looks like he pulled a much smaller version of a Rangel. Still wrong either way you slice it.

    June 20, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Gary

    Young noted the panel did not find that he acted “corruptly or in bad faith" and that he’s reimbursed his campaign fund, Alaskans for Don Young.
    Although he stole nearly $60,000. He didn't act corruptly or in bad faith. Wonder who is on this panel.

    June 20, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Chris-E...al

    Well then he deserves and should get a nobel peace prize then like Tutu .

    June 20, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Cal

    Do it on your own dime. I do a ton of hunting and fishing in and out of the US and its a lot of fun but it is an expensive hobby. He is getting what he deserves.

    June 20, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. storm chaser 101

    Where's the high moral ground,family values and fine example for people to follow.you are only sorry because you got caught.real POS

    June 20, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    A letter of rebuke? More like a light slap on the hand. Good example for law breakers on Wall Street. The rich and powerful are above the law.

    June 20, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Pander Bear

    Hurry! Another GOTea stalwart has been found to be corrupt. Somebody yell BENGHAZI!!!

    June 20, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. salty dog

    Standard operating procedure, why didn't Palin find this out when she was governor?

    June 20, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. salty dog

    What a guy, solid family values man. ...sigh......

    June 20, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    what does Caribou Barbie have to say?? After all, she's the Alaska GOP's leader. She would likely defend this cheat and blame the "lame stream media"

    June 20, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems are going after every single Republican for the least little thing they can possibly find to complain about. That's all just political maneuvering, prior to the mid term elections.

    June 20, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |