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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.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 1, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Ethics and Rules  
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I see no comments by Pershing here that disclose his position on the CREW complaint one way or another...does he think it's bad or good?

This is like an AP story about the basic facts...I expect more from the Columnists here at WaPo then that!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

What hasn't been reported, yet, is the fact that the property owned by GOP Operative Jeff Larson, and rented out to Norm Coleman, currently is classified as "Homestead" on property tax records.

Clearly, Jeff Larson never intended to, nor has he, ever occupied the residence as his primary residence.

So how did GOP Political Operative Jeff Larson manage to maintain the Homestead Exemption?

Posted by: Tommy Johnson | July 2, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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