#nationaldisgrace Freshmen Congressmen Being Outed
#nationaldisgrace Freshmen Congressmen Being Outed by Andrew Kerr | Investigative Reporter for Daily Caller Foundation
- Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Mark Pocan omitted in their financial disclosure forms that they were board members of a dark money nonprofit group in 2017.
- Jayapal and Pocan’s omission of their ties to the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (CPCC) could open them up to civil and criminal penalties, lawyers told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
- “These positions clearly were reportable. It seems pretty cut and dry to me,” said former general counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee Jessica Furst Johnson.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus’s two leaders could face civil and criminal penalties for omitting their membership on a dark money group’s board in their House financial disclosure statements, legal experts told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The two co-chairs of the progressive caucus, Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, served on the board of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (CPCC) in 2017, according to the nonprofit’s 990 tax form from that year, the most recently available. But neither lawmaker disclosed their board position on their 2017 financial disclosure statements, as required by the House Committee on Ethics.
“These positions clearly were reportable. It seems pretty cut-and-dry to me,” a former general counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee, Jessica Furst Johnson, told TheDCNF.
Conservative political law attorney Cleta Mitchell told TheDCNF the potential penalty for lawmakers who file inaccurate financial disclosures could include civil fines and “potential criminal penalties for perjury for filing false reports.”
But both Furst Johnson and Mitchell said it’s unlikely the non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics will penalize Jayapal and Pocan.
“Under the Ethics in Government Act, if it’s a knowing and willful failure to disclose, then they’re subject to penalties both civil and criminal,” Furst Johnson said. “There is a little bit of leeway that’s typically granted with respect to financial disclosures. The committee seems to give the benefit of the doubt that an omission was unintentional.”