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August 15th, 2012

Braley Concedes: Cancels Event On Heels of House Ethics Complaint

INDEPENDENCE, IA — Less than one week after a House ethics complaint was filed against Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) for using official taxpayer resources to sponsor a campaign event, Braley has cancelled the event in question.

On August 7th, Braley used official House resources to organize and sponsor an event in Cedar Rapids on August 20th, in clear violation of House ethics rules. Cedar Rapids is located outside of Braley’s current congressional district and inside the district in which he is campaigning for reelection.

A constituent from Dubuque subsequently filed an official House ethics complaint against Braley for violating House ethics rules.

Last Friday, Braley’s Chief of Staff John Davis stated that the House ethics complaint “has no merit” and Davis proceeded to make material misrepresentations to reporters and the public alike that the event in question had been pre-approved by multiple House committees.

The Lange campaign issued a background memo on Monday that thoroughly debunked Braley’s response and forecast additional House investigations into Braley’s Washington office based on Davis’s misrepresentations.

“What began as a possible inadvertent ethics infraction has now evolved into what appears to be an intentional cover-up of an ethics violation by Congressman Braley,” the memo stated. “His disingenuous response raises alarming questions that strike at the heart of Congressman Braley’s trustworthiness.”

Lange’s advisor, Cody Brown, responded Wednesday to Braley’s cancellation of the event in question:

Ben Lange has once again stood up for Iowa taxpayers by holding Washington politicians like Bruce Braley accountable. We are pleased Congressman Braley has taken taken this action today, but we remain deeply disturbed by the misrepresentations that originated from his Washington office last Friday. Iowans are tired of Washington politicians who won’t tell the truth. Our campaign will be making a determination regarding what, if any, additional actions may be appropriate to ensure Braley’s Washington office is held accountable for misrepresentations made to Iowa taxpayers. An apology is entirely appropriate and would go a long way towards resolving this issue for Iowa taxpayers.

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