House Panel Launches Investigation Into Florida Democrat

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( – On Wednesday, the House Ethics Committee declared the initiation of an inquiry into Representative Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (Democrat, Florida) for possible violations that may include campaign finance issues and other breaches of House rules.

The committee has set up a specialized subcommittee to investigate whether Cherfilus-McCormick possibly breached campaign finance laws and regulations during her 2022 special election campaign and/or her subsequent re-election campaign. Additionally, the inquiry will look into whether she failed to correctly disclose necessary information on mandatory statements to be filed with the House, or if she accepted unauthorized services for official duties from someone not officially employed in her congressional office.

Details about the specific nature of the allegations remain undisclosed, as is customary for the committee until the conclusion of its investigations.

The office of Cherfilus-McCormick has not provided further details on the allegations either. A spokesperson for Cherfilus-McCormick, addressing the inquiry, stated to The Hill, “As the Ethics Committee mentioned, the establishment of an investigative subcommittee does not imply a violation has occurred. Nevertheless, the Congresswoman is treating these issues with utmost seriousness and is actively working towards resolving them.”

The decision to conduct a more thorough investigation into Cherfilus-McCormick’s activities followed a recommendation from the Office of Congressional Ethics in September.

Cherfilus-McCormick became a member of the House in 2022, succeeding the late Representative Alcee Hastings (Democrat, Florida) after winning a special election in South Florida. She secured her full-term election later the same year.

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