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Ethics Committee Investigates Rep. Troy Nehls’ Campaign Finances

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The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation into U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Richmond, according to an announcement made by the bipartisan panel. While the committee did not specify the exact focus of the investigation, Nehls disclosed that it pertains to his campaign’s finances.

The committee’s decision to delve into the matter stems from a report received by its members on December 11. It plans to disclose its course of action by May 10. It’s important to note that the initiation of an investigation does not imply any proven violations of ethics regulations.

In response to the committee’s announcement, Nehls expressed his willingness to cooperate fully. “My campaign has complied with every Federal Election Commission (FEC) law, and my books are open,” he affirmed in a statement released on Tuesday.

The committee comprises five Democrats and five Republicans, with U.S. Rep. Michael Guest, R-Mississippi, serving as the chair. U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso, represents Texas as the sole Texan on the committee. Guest and ranking member Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, have jointly agreed to proceed with the investigation.

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Nehls, known for his vibrant persona on Capitol Hill, often finds himself embroiled in controversy. A staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, Nehls has been vocal in his criticisms of Democrats and has made unconventional moves to make his stance known. 

From sporting a T-shirt featuring Trump’s face to advocating for Trump as House speaker, Nehls has left an indelible mark. However, his outspoken nature has sometimes crossed boundaries, drawing criticism for comments perceived as offensive.

Earlier this year, Nehls referred to the husband of U.S. Rep. Cori Bush, D-Missouri, as a “thug,” a remark denounced as racist. Despite facing backlash, Nehls did not offer an apology.

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In addition to the ongoing investigation by the House Ethics Committee, Nehls’ campaign reported a significant loss of over $150,000 last year due to wire fraud.

The Federal Election Commission launched an inquiry into the matter, which revealed that a substantial portion of the stolen funds was recovered, albeit sent to an entity named “Misty J Productions.”

Before his tenure in Congress, Nehls served as an officer with the Richmond Police Department but was dismissed in 1998 for multiple violations of department policy, including mishandling evidence and insubordination.

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The House Ethics Committee is responsible for investigating potential breaches of House regulations by members and staff. It can recommend disciplinary action to the full House if a violation is confirmed and may refer cases to the Justice Department if criminal activity is suspected.

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Recent instances of committee action include the referral of former U.S. Rep. George Santos, R-New York, to the Justice Department for alleged campaign finance violations.

Similarly, an investigation was launched into U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Amarillo, regarding the improper use of campaign funds. However, some cases, such as that of U.S. Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Sherman, ended without substantial findings after investigations concluded.

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