Don Young Must Repay $59K for Improper Trips/Gifts

Posted June 20, 2014 at 3:47pm

A U.S. Representative must repay $59,000 to those who provided improper gifts, as well as be reproved by the House Ethics Committee.  

The House Ethics Committee  released a report  on Rep. Don Young , R-Alaska, stating that in regard to fifteen trips and certain gifts, (1) Young violated House rules, and other laws and standards of conduct, (2) Young failed to report certain gifts, (3) Young must repay the $59,064 value of those trips and gifts, (4) Young must amend his personal financial disclosure report to show the gifts, and (5) Young should be reproved for his conduct with respect to his personal use of campaign funds, his acceptance of improper gifts, and his failure to report certain gifts.  

Roll Call’s Matt Fuller recaps the report in his articleDon Young Broke House Rules, Ethics Committee Says.
Appendix A  of the Ethics Committee report details the nineteen gifts Young received, including hunting trips to the Kodiak Sportsman Lodge in Alaska in May 2006 and May 2008. The host/donor for both the trips was Randy DeLay , brother of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. For another trip in January 2006 to the Mariposa Ranch, in Texas, KBR  was the host/donor. New York mall developer Robert Congel was the host/donor for three trips for Young to Congel’s New York state 5,000 acre nature preserve, Savannah Dhu.