Ethics Panel to Extend Review of Robert Andrews

Posted July 17, 2012 at 5:45pm

The House Ethics Committee said today that it would extend a review of Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) and announce a course of action by Aug. 31, though it didn’t indicate what allegations it’s examining.

The 11-term Member came under fire in November, when the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, charging that he spent more than $13,000 in campaign funds on a family trip to Scotland.

Andrews said the trip was a legitimate campaign expense to thank a donor, but he repaid the money, according to local news reports.

The Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J., reported this week that Andrews’ campaign has paid more than $100,000 to the Brand Law Group, a Washington, D.C., firm known for defending political figures.