By Hannah Hess, December 11, 2014
Concluding a probe it launched in March 2012 into allegations that
Rep. Judy Chu tasked her official staff with campaign work while they
were on the clock, the House Ethics Committee rebuked the California
Democrat Thursday for interfering with its investigation.
Investigators learned a staffer had drafted a memo for an August 2011
fundraising lunch at the direction of Chu’s legislative director. They
also discovered a second staffer spent several hours sifting through
emails to Chu’s campaign account that were sent in response to a
“military hazing” email.
The committee later determined Chu didn’t know about the improper
work, and therefore had not violated House rules. But investigators
learned over the course of the probe that the three-term congresswoman
talked to her staff about the probe, violating House rules related to
In a 17-page report,
the committee details a “troubling” series of conversations and email
that took place on March 19, 2012, the day after the Ethics Committee
notified Chu’s office of the investigation. After a staffer expressed
concerns to Chu’s chief of staff about the probe, Chu tried to offer
reassurance. Additionally, it appears Chu tried to cover up the March 20
She later apologized for the inappropriate contact with her staffers,
but it wasn’t enough to keep Ethics Chairman K. Michael Conaway,
R-Texas, and ranking member Linda T. Sanchez, D-Calif., from publicly
rebuking her actions. Their two-page letter was posted Thursday.
“The Committee acknowledged that my intention was to ease the staff
member’s anxiety and that I expressed regret for this one moment of
contact,” Chu said in a lengthy statement responding to the letter,
which included an explanation for the behavior.
‘When I became aware of these issues, I put strong measures in place
to ensure that staff understand the separation between official work and
volunteer work,” she said. “This includes additional ethics training,
requiring signed forms acknowledging the separation of roles, and
consistent reminders that the work is voluntary. I will continue to
uphold and enforce these strong measures.”
Chu was re-elected to a fourth term in November. The committee has closed its probe.
Sierra Madre Tattler's Take on Judy Chu:
December 13, 2014
Judy Chu busted on an ethics violation
Our treasured and esteemed Congresswoman Judy Chu (link), who through her support of the 710 Tunnel is no stranger to selling out the residents of the San Gabriel Valley for the longterm benefit of certain hostile foreign economic interests, got popped this week by the House Ethics Committee.
Apparently for interfering in an official investigation of her office
over the use of government salaried employees for personal political
gain. This from KPCC (link):
House Ethics Committee scolds Congresswoman Judy Chu - El
Monte Democrat Judy Chu was publicly scolded Thursday for using her
Congressional staffers for campaign work and then interfering with an
ethics investigation that sought to get to the bottom of it.
The House Ethics Committee has issued a letter of reproval, a punishment that carries no fine.
Chu was accused of requiring office staff to perform campaign-related
work in her House office, during regular working hours. There's an
ethical firewall between work done on the taxpayer's dime and that done
on a political campaign.
After an investigation, the Committee found that Chu's staff
performed "limited campaign-related work while in House offices and on
official time, and that some of this work was not voluntary," but the
Committee also concluded that Chu didn't know about it.
The reproval was for interfering with the investigation by
"communicating with a member of your staff who expressed concerns about
improper campaign work." Chu says she spoke to the staffer "one time
simply to confirm facts based on the official calendar." She told the
committee she regrets her actions.
The Ethics Committee called Chu's expression of regret commendable,
but not good enough. By giving her own version of events to a material
witness she violated a House rule. "You impeded the Committee's work and
exhibited very poor judgment," the letter said.
Here is my question. Who actually votes for people like Judy Chu? And why don't they know how bad that is?