Subcommittee formed to investigate Andrews campaign spending

The House ethics committee announced today that it has formed an investigative subcommittee to look at U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews campaign account spending.

According to a release issued by the committee chairman, the committee voted late last month to empower the subcommittee.

“The Investigative Subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Robert Andrews violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct in the performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities, with respect to allegations that he improperly used funds from his principal campaign committee and leadership PAC for personal purposes, used official resources for nonofficial and personal purposes, and made false statements to federal officials,” the statement read.

Andrews has been under fire since using his campaign account to pay for various personal expenses including a trip to Scotland to attend a wedding.  The account also was used to pay for a joint party celebrating his daughter’s high school graduation and his 20 years in Congress.

The complaint was referred to the House Committee on Ethics this summer by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The subcommittee will be made up of U.S. Reps Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Pedro Pierlusi (D-P.R.), Tom Latham (R-IA), and Jackie Speier, (D-CA).

Subcommittee formed to investigate Andrews campaign spending