A monitoring group has accused House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.) of violating ethics rules by receiving legal counsel from a senior member of his staff.
Americans for Public Trust, an anti-corruption watchdog group, says Nadler received legal counsel from his district director, Robert Gottheim, in violation of House ethics rules. Gottheim, a New York resident, reportedly provided fiduciary services as an attorney for the Manhattan Democrat between 2019 and 2021, while also being paid on the cusp of an executive position. First Fox News reported.
Quote Data from the Federal Electoral Commission, Fox reported that between 2019 and 2021, Gottheim was paid $81,345.00 for legal and strategy services by Nadler’s campaign. This level of compensation would qualify Gottheim as a senior executive.
That Code of Ethics of the House of Representatives define specific activities “for which officers (as well as members of the House of Representatives and office holders) are authorized Not receive any compensation What ever.” These rules prohibit “receiving remuneration for the practice of any profession that involves fiduciary relationships, including, for example, law or accounting” and receiving “any remuneration for the provision of legal services to a political organization or for acting as a public official (eg . B. a treasurer) of such an organization.”
Gottheim has been an employee of Nadler since 1998 and was paid by the congressman’s campaign for services between 2003 and 2018, but he was not compensated at a senior staff level until 2019, according to Fox News.
A spokesman for Nadler’s campaign denied that Gottheim provided legal services to Nadler and told Fox News that Gottheim served as a “strategic advisor” for the campaign.
“He is a campaign adviser who has no fiduciary responsibility,” the spokesman said. “When the campaign submits the quarterly reports, the treasurer has to select a category to list his expenses, so he chose ‘legal and strategic advice’. He’s a strategic advisor, not a lawyer.”
However, Fox News did point to a brief biography for Gottheim about the New York City West Side Democrats officer side states that since 1997 he has “served as an advisor to Nadler for Congress, dealing with all campaign finance and compliance issues with the FEC.”
“Jerry Nadler brags about being ‘the conscience of the house,’ but he and his top aide can’t even abide by the simple code of ethics of the house,” said Caitlin Sutherland, executive director of Americans for Public Trust.
“It is absolutely against the law to structure payments in this way and to be compensated for campaign work that involves fiduciary duties, and accordingly we will consider filing a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics,” she added.
Nadler, who has been a member of Congress since 1992, is one of the most powerful Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) has backed him for re-election against his main opponent, Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.), who chairs the House Oversight Committee.
The two incumbent Democrats were forced to face each other in the primary for the 12th district, which represents Manhattan, after New York’s congressional districts were reorganized due to the state’s population decline. The primary is August 23.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/powerful-democrat-rep-jerry-nadler-accused-of-ethics-violations-by-watchdog-group Powerful Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler has been accused by a monitoring group of ethics violations