The people you choose to surround you at any given point are a reflection of your character.
So, it says a lot when John Lewis’ chief of staff has been busted by a conservative watchdog group for violating major ethics rules put forth by the Federal Election Commission.
Washington Free Beacon reports:
Michael Collins, Lewis’ chief of staff, served as the campaign’s treasurer in 2015 and 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records. Ethics rules bar senior House staffers from working in any fiduciary role for a political organization, including congressional campaigns.
Senior staff “may not receive any compensation for either providing legal services to a political organization, or for serving as an officer (such as treasurer) of such an organization,” according to the House ethics manual.
That rule applies to all members of Congress and employees who earn the “senior staff” rate of pay; the salary threshold in 2015 was $121,956. According to congressional research service Legistorm, Collins made $167,000 that year.
“On its face it looks like a clear ethics violation that simply cannot be explained away,” said former U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker.
Whitaker’s conservative ethics watchdog group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, is “weighing” an official complaint against Collins, Whitaker said in an email. The group “probably will pursue one,” he added.
With all this being said, how can John Lewis objectively claim that Donald Trump is an “illegitimate president” when his highest-ranking staff member broke the rules in such a flagrant manner?
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