A government watchdog group said that Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, may have broken fundamental ethics principles for US legislators.
Americans for Public Trust informed Fox News that it thinks Naddler’s top staffer might be representing him in court, which would be against House rules.
The House Committee on Ethics stated on its website that “The outside employment restrictions define certain activities for which senior staff (as well as House Members and officers) may not receive any compensation whatsoever.”
“The restrictions prohibit senior staff from, among other things, (1) receiving compensation for practicing any profession that involves a fiduciary relationship, including, for example, law or accounting, and (2) serving for compensation as an officer or director of any entity.”
Robert Gottheim, the district director, received funding from Nadler between 2019 and 2021, which could provide a problem for Nadler.
Data from the Federal Elections Commission show that between 2019 and 2021, Gottheim received a total of $81,345.00 for “legal and political consulting.”
It has a disturbing resemblance to “fiduciary services,” for which Nadler is expressly forbidden by House ethics rules from paying Gottheim.
A spokeswoman for Nadler’s campaign told Fox News that Gottheim “doesn’t practice law in any capacity, including the campaign” and denied any wrongdoing.
“He’s a campaign advisor, which doesn’t have any fiduciary responsibility. When the campaign files the quarterly reports the treasurer must choose a category to list his expenditures, so they chose ‘legal & strategic advising.’ He’s a strategic advisor, not a lawyer.”
On the New York City West Side Democrat’s website, Gottheim is identified as the group’s treasurer, and according to his biography, he has been a counsel for Nadler for Congress since 1997.
Gottheim has been “handling all campaign finances & compliance issues with the FEC.” Again, a senior staff member would not be allowed to do this.
Even though Gottheim was paid by Nadler’s campaign for services from 2003 to 2018, he didn’t reach the senior staff requirement until 2019, according to Fox News.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
APT executive director Caitlin Sutherland slammed Nadler for what she said was a violation of the law.
“Jerry Nadler brags about being the ‘conscience of the House,’ yet he can’t even ensure that his top staffer is in compliance with simple House ethics rules,” Sutherland told Fox News. CONTINUE READING…