The Democrat Congressman who spent most of his career advocating for people from other nations who broke the law when they illegally crossed our borders, is now being ordered to pay back the federal government for misusing federal funds.
The House Committee on Ethics released a series of reports on Friday and ordered Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D., Ill.) to repay the government after allegations he misused federal funds.
Gutiérrez has been told to repay $9,700 to the Treasury as a result of what was called “inadvertent” use of funds provided to his office for its operation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The Illinois Democrat had hired former chief of staff, Doug Scofield, to advise his office, resulting in questions as to whether Scofield was acting as official staff.
“The OCE Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Gutierrez used funds from his MRA for an impermissible purpose – to retain an individual to provide services to his congressional office that more closely resembled those provided by an employee or consultant, rather than a contractor – in violation of federal law and House rules,” the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended.
The House Ethics Committee, following the OCE recommendation in 2014, reviewed approximately 10,000 documents and interviewed 16 people, including Gutierrez and Scofield.
The investigation into Gutiérrez first began back in 2013. – WFB
This is not the first time the actions of Guitierrez have been called into question. In 2010, the Democrat Congressman was called out for the exorbitant salary his campaign paid to his wife and daughters.
In 2010, the Washington Free Beacon reported Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) has paid his wife and daughters hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign’s coffer since 2010, according to campaign finance data.
Gutierrez, who was first elected to Congress in 1993, brought his wife, Soraida Gutierrez, onto his campaign’s payroll six years ago to act as his office manager, treasurer, and fundraiser.
Soraida Gutierrez was a registered lobbyist in the state of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining Gutierrez for Congress. She has since raked in more than $300,000 for her work on behalf of the committee while being the top recipient of campaign cash in three cycles since stepping into her role.
The first time Soraida acted in an official capacity for the campaign, in 2010, she pulled in over $44,000 and was the top recipient of cash from the Gutierrez campaign that year.
Soraida was yet again the top beneficiary of cash from Gutierrez for Congress during the 2014 election cycle, receiving $110,000. Herman Andrew, a vendor, was the second-highest-paid individual at $24,000.
Soraida has pocketed $65,000 during the 2016 election cycle to date. She has been paid a total of $312,000 from the Gutierrez for Congress campaign committee since 2010.
Gutierrez’s wife is not the only member of his family to benefit from his campaign. His two daughters have also received thousands in payments over the years.
Between 2004 and 2009, Gutierrez paid his daughter Omaira Gutierrez $4,270 for bookkeeping services. Another daughter, Jessica Gutierrez, received $600 in 2004 for her help with a fundraising project.
Gutiérrez announced last fall he will not seek reelection at the end of his current term but said at the time he was “not retiring.”