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Ethics Office Finds ‘Substantial Reason to Believe’ Republican Rep Illegally Accepted Caribbean Vacation

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Republican West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney may have illegally accepted several gifts from a campaign vendor, most notably a trip to Aruba, in violation of federal campaign finance laws, a report from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) alleges.

The report, released Monday by the House Ethics Committee, finds “substantial reason to believe” that Mooney and his family accepted a vacation to Aruba financed in large part by HSP Direct, a direct mail fundraising vendor. Mooney may have directed congressional staffers to help plan his trip, OCE alleges, in violation of House of Representatives ethics rules.

The Ethics Committee moved to extend its review of the allegations on Feb. 7. It did not announce whether or not it would take action against Mooney as a result of an investigation.

Rep. Alex Mooney and his family vacationed at the Ritz-Carlton in Aruba, mostly on the dime of HSP Direct—a company the lawmaker

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