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  In deal, Rep. David Schweikert admits 11 ethics violations, to pay $50,000 fine
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jul 30, 2020 04:08pm
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AuthorRonald J. Hansen
News DateThursday, July 30, 2020 05:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRep. David Schweikert reached a deal announced Thursday to end a longstanding House Ethics Committee investigation by admitting to 11 rules violations, accepting a reprimand and agreeing to pay a $50,000 fine.

The committee found "substantial evidence" of violations by the five-term Arizona Republican stretching from 2010 into 2018 and faulted him for evasive, stalling tactics that helped him skirt more serious violations.

As it was, the violations the committee did find include undisclosed loans and campaign contributions; misuse of campaign funds for personal purposes; improper spending by his office; and an environment where office staffers were pressured to do political work.

The proposed deal caps an investigation that has cast a shadow over Schweikert’s political career since late 2017, when allegations of misspending first surfaced. The House of Representatives must adopt a resolution on the matter to make it final.
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