CREW Files Complaint Against Sen. Coleman
Here's why you should always heed betting advice from Capitol Briefing. As predicted in this space, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee against Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) over his unusual D.C. housing arrangement.
As was first reported by National Journal, Coleman rents a room in the basement of a townhouse owned by Jeff Larson, a GOP operative and fundraiser whose firm has long had a close relationship with Coleman. The Senator pays $600 a month for the room, though he has acknowledged missing rent payments for at least two months and paying some bills late. Coleman and Larson both contend that there is nothing inappropriate about the situation or their relationship.
CREW's complaint questions whether Coleman -- who is locked in a tight reelection race against humorist Al Franken (D) -- is paying fair market value for the apartment and whether his housing arrangement violates Senate gift rules. The complaint will automatically trigger a preliminary investigation by the ethics panel.
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