Schmidt Can’t Pay Ethic Panel Fines

Rep. Jean Schmidt

WASHINGTON—Embattled GOP Representative Jeanne Schmidt is having a tough time raising funds for the roughly $500,000 that the House Ethics Committee fined her to pay, reported Jordy Yager of The Hill.

The Ethics panel told Schmidt last August to repay nearly half a million dollars in services she accepted from lawyers with the Turkish American Legal Defense Fund (TALDF), but she has raised only $5,000 so far.

In five months the Ohio Republican will leave Congress and will no longer be required to pay back the money, according to people familiar with the chamber’s ethics rules.

A spokesman for Schmidt did not return a request for comment. But Schmidt’s office pointed to a legal expense fund that she established as evidence that, “she wants to pay these bills,” according to previous remarks made to USA Today.

But according to the latest financial filing this week for the fund, Schmidt did not raise any money from April through June to meet the Ethics committee’s mandate. Schmidt paid down part of the legal debt with about $43,000 earlier this year.

Read the entire article published in The Hill.

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  1. Avery said:

    Where are her Turkish and AzeriTatarTurk friends now that she needs’em ?
    Rats abandoning a sinking Denialist ship ?

    Too bad we don’t have a Debtors Jail here – in the good old USA: she could use the time in jail to contemplate the error of her Denialist ways.

  2. Jda said:

    Once she gets the Turkish lobby job, 500k will be very small spaetzle.

  3. levon sanosyan said:

    Why does not Jean Schmidt ask Turkey for the money? After all the money stolen from the American taxpayers and given to Turkey as a hand out would just return back to the States.
    By the way please closely watch into Jean Schmidt’s eyes. What do you see? A Turkish Snake!

  4. Alex Postallian said:

    Not only is fra.schmidt a liar,turkish stooge,corrupt politician,she also is a chisler.she got the money,she thinks Congress will forget it after she leaves.Attach her farm,properity.to think how stupid congress is,she will get by with it.Let me remind all those feeble minded in Clermont County who supported the goniff,do the right thing for once,support the new man.

    • Alex Postallian said:

      Sorry,just have to add this explicit explanation–cant pay signifies,she doesnt have it…The proper term is she wont pay,has it,but wont give it up. A CHISLERS RESPONSE.

  5. bigmoustache said:

    HAHAHA yeah its obvious she wont pay the full amount intentionally, but $500,000 to remove a turkish stooge from office permenantly is worth it

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