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In another stunning development, which involves a Congressman from Illinois, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) is the subject of a House ethics investigation. Rep. Schock is accused of violating campaign finance laws and House rules
In another stunning development, which involves a Congressman from Illinois, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) is the subject of a House ethics investigation. Rep. Schock is accused of violating campaign finance laws and House rules
Reprinted from the Chicago City Hall Examiner

Many elected officials in the state of Illinois have been branded as being corrupt and unethical. Many aldermen, city officials, county officials and governors have gone to jail. Now you can start adding Congressmen to that list, with the revelation in yesterday's Chicago Sun Timesby columnist Michael Sneed, that former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be going to jail to serve "significant jail time."

In another stunning development, which involves a Congressman from Illinois, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) is the subject of a House ethics investigation. Rep. Schock is accused of violating campaign finance laws and House rules by allegedly soliciting a contribution from Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) in 2012 to an anti-incumbent super PAC that was involved in a Republican House primary in Illinois, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Is this a minor infraction of House ethics rules? Actually, that is what Jesse Jackson Jr. thought when he was under investigation by the same committee last year. We saw how that worked out for him.

Rep. Schock was just helping a friend as Schock solicited a donation from a Cantor-controlled Super PAC to give money and support for Adam Kinzinger in his GOP primary battle against Rep. Don Manzullo.

Can't a friend help a friend?

But first, he must get past this ethics investigation, but in Rep. Aaron Schock's defense, the Peoria Journal Star says that Schock claims that what he did was legal and proper. However, Jesse Jackson Jr. said essentially the same thing last year. Jackson essentially said it was nothing.

This investigation may well be nothing.

Rep. Schock's spokesman Steve Dutton issued a statement that "reiterated previous assertions that the complaints were without merit."

“We remain firmly convinced that Congressman Schock will be exonerated when the Ethics Committee examines the complaint and in due course resolves this matter,” Steve Dutton said in his statement. He also said that the office would not comment further until the final outcome of the committee’s investigation.

With former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. about to go to jail, many thought this was just a Democratic party thing. But Congressman Aaron Schock is a Republican.

The question is how bad is it?

Rep. Schock has acknowledged he is considering a run for governor of Illinois. However, many believed that Schock is far too young and inexperienced to be governor of Illinois. Given this juicy bit of ethics news here, it appears that Schock is eminently qualified. This is all the experience he needs.

My guess is this is much ado about nothing. But for Rep. Aaron Schock, it is a start. If Schock takes this as a warning, a red flag, he may even survive politically.

Just ask former Governor George Ryan a Republican. Or just ask former Governor Rod Blagojevich a Democrat. This kind of stuff knows no party bounds.

Send John Presta an email and your story ideas or suggestions, johnpresta@att.net.

John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns and is currently an unpaid volunteer for the Robin Kelly for Congress campaign. Robin Kelly also has a facebook fan page.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, snazzzybird

    "Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has!" - Margaret Mead

    by Reading on Walden Bookstore on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:42:42 AM PST

  •  Is there anything here? (3+ / 0-)

    I grew up in Peoria and my family is still there.

    This is very thin.  It is a very open secret about Schock's sexual orientation.  I find that will prevent him from going any further.

    [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

    by MoDem on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:56:16 AM PST

  •  Weren't there also rumors he may be gay? (1+ / 0-)
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    jayden

    How is he going to make it through a GOP primary with that?

  •  Schock has been "ethically challenged" from Day 1 (1+ / 0-)
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    snazzzybird

    He has a slimy trail all the way back to his ticket scalping business he ran out of his room as a 14 year old.  He made money on several lucrative real estate deals.  As a state legislator he skirted the ethical line with his liberal franking privileges for what were basically campaign literature.

    The Chicago Tribune has provided much better cover than the Peoria Journal Star which quite frankly protects their Boy Wonder.  The Trib story is http://my.chicagotribune.com/...

    They reported that the central committee head of the GOP was a non cooperative witness as was the Treasurer of Schock's campaign and PAC's refused to cooperate and the House Ethics Committee is recommending they be subpoenaed.  Their report can be see at http://oce.house.gov/...

    Besides those who refused to cooperate, those who did refused to sign affidavits that they understood the False Statements Act.  That includes Schock, his sister, and his "unofficial political adviser" and Chief of Staff Steve Shearer.  Steve Shearer used to hold that job for former Republican Illinois congressman Jerry Weller who also had numerous  ethical violations.

    Schock has a long history of slimy ethical actions.  Back in 2008, his father testified that Aaron Shock knowingly notarized back dated documents for his parents' off shore tax shelter.  Rich Miller's Capitol fax had much better coverage than the Journal Star back then also.  He accused the local media of "lapping it up."  See http://capitolfax.com/...

    After being elected Congressman, Aaron Schock even appeared on Bravo's Top Chef.  He talked about the "Toothpick Rule" and ethics.  You can watch it with your eyes at http://www.hulu.com/...

    Ironically he was later called one of the most "corrupt" by CREW.  http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/...

    The Washington Post ran a story about Schock's spending over $80,000 in campaign funds for luxury hotel stays and reimbursing his mother over $150,000 for expenses.
    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/...

    Besides Schock former Shimkus Chief of staff and Newly elected Congressman Rodney Davis of Springfield refused to cooperate.  See http://www.sj-r.com/...

    The Chicago Tribune article is interesting also because it names Anne Dias-Griffin as one of the donors who ponied up the funds.  She runs the largest hedge fund run by a woman and she is married to Billionaire Ken Griffin of Chicago's Citadel fund.  They along with Schock held a $75,000 a plate fundraiser for Paul Ryan in the 2012 election.  Brian G at Prairie State Blue has done some good work detailing their relationship.

    See http://www.prairiestateblue.com/...

    And my personal favorite is http://www.prairiestateblue.com/...

    Lastly Schock is no moderate. He has Tea Partier Allen West coming to speak at the upcoming  local Lincoln Day dinner.

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:19:12 PM PST

    •  I live in his district, and you're right -- (0+ / 0-)

      he's no moderate.  It's sad, because his predecessors, Ray LaHood and Bob Michel, were moderate.  They voted with the best interests of the country and their district at heart.  Schock votes the best interests of the Republican party and big money donors, and if that means throwing the country under the bus, so be it.

      Fox News is to the truth as a flaming bag of dog shit is to a packed lunch. --MinistryOfTruth

      by snazzzybird on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:21:49 PM PST

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