The Ethics Committee will determine whether Mooney accepted gifts, including a free or heavily discounted trip to Aruba, on behalf of a company that consulted for his campaign.
According to OCE’s report, there is substantial evidence Mooney accepted the gifts, which “may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.”
Mooney defeated fellow Congressman David McKinley in a contentious primary two weeks ago. President Donald Trump had endorsed Mooney.
The Washington Examiner further reports:
The report also said Mooney “routinely diverted official resources and staff time away from his constituents and official duties in favor of his and his family’s personal needs and sometimes for campaign activities,” in part by using staff for “personal needs.”
The report was referred to the House Ethics Committee for investigation. Mooney’s office did not respond to an inquiry from the Washington Examiner.
Both McKinley and Mooney represent West Virginia districts, but the state’s redistricting process shrunk the Mountain State’s three-member delegation to two after the recent census found heavy population loss over the past decade in the state.