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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Ethics Office Investigates C Street Residence - Roll Call

Ethics Office Investigates C Street Residence - Roll Call

The Office of Congressional Ethics is apparently investigating whether Members of Congress sharing a residence run by a religious organization have received an improper gift in the form of below-market rent in the building.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who lives in the residence known as the “C Street house,” told Roll Call on Tuesday that he has not been contacted by ethics investigators seeking information about the residence but added, “I know some House Members have been asked for it. This is not the ethics committee. It’s the other one,” Coburn said, referring to the OCE, which was created by the House in 2007 to vet complaints and refer cases to the ethics committee.

The C Street Southeast house is owned by a Christian organization known as the Fellowship, or the Family, which runs the annual National Prayer Breakfast. A handful of Members of Congress have lived there over the past several years, and there also are regular prayer meetings there for Members who do not live in the house. More...

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