WASHINGTON – The House Ethics Committee will further review allegations that Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) may have misspent more than $100,000 in campaign funds, the chair and ranking member announced Wednesday.
“In order to gather additional information necessary to complete its review, the Committee will review the matter pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a),” Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Ted Deutsch (D-Fla.) said in a joint statement. “The Committee notes that the mere fact of conducting further review of a referral, and any mandatory disclosure of such further review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”
Duncan used campaign funds and money from a political action committee for family vacations, baby and wedding showers, and membership in a private social club, according to a House Ethics Committee report released on Wednesday.
In January, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) referred the matter to the House Ethics Committee. The committee decided to expand the review in late February.
Duncan has denied allegations of impropriety.
“I have never personally taken one penny out of my campaign account for personal or family expenses,” he said in a statement provided to media outlets. “The staffer for the OCE prepared a report on my campaign spending that is so false and misleading that it is almost ludicrous. She has made a ridiculous accusation that I ‘may’ have converted a very large amount of money to my personal use when practically all of it was spent buying meals for campaign workers, supporters, contributors, and constituents, many of whom I did not even know.”