The Office of Congressional Ethics has ended its investigation into Rep. Jerry Moran regarding below-market rent he received in D.C.
From the Associated Press:
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Ethics investigators said Thursday that they found no probable cause to believe that U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran had received an improper gift of below-market rent on space at a Washington house.
The Kansas Republican and four other congressmen were named in a complaint filed with the House in April by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW. The group also filed a similar complaint against five senators, including Kansas Republican Sam Brownback.
CREW said by paying rent far below market rates at the home near the Capitol, the lawmakers had their housing subsidized, violating congressional gift rules. The home’s corporate owner is affiliated with a Christian group known as the Fellowship.
But on Thursday, Moran received a letter from the House’s Office of Congressional Ethics saying it had ended its inquiry. Moran’s staff made the letter public.
“Based on all the information known during the preliminary review, the OCE Board found that there was not probable cause to believe the alleged violation occurred,” Leo Wise, the office’s staff director and chief counsel, wrote in the letter.
Both Moran’s and Brownback’s critics have made an issue of their ties to the C Street SE home. Brownback is running for governor, and Moran is running for Brownback’s Senate seat.