The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday recommended that the full House reprimand and fine Rep. Laura Richardson $10,000 for seven ethics violations, including improper use of House resources.
The bipartisan committee reported that its investigation found the California Democrat violated House rules and other standards of conduct by using congressional resources for “campaign, personal, and nonofficial purposes,” “requiring or compelling” House staff to work on her re-election campaign, and by “obstructing” the committee’s investigation by destroying or altering evidence, failing to produce documentation and “attempting to influence the testimony of witnesses.”
At one point in the report, the committee said Richardson acted with “utter disdain” for its process. After staff delayed interviewing Richardson for over a month at her request, during the interview she “demanded that it end so she could participate in an annual Congressional softball game.”
“The Committee on Ethics has unanimously recommended that the House of Representatives adopt the report, and with it, a reprimand of Representative Richardson for the conduct described therein,” the committee stated, adding a recommendation that Richardson be fined $10,000, to be paid no later than Dec. 1, 2012.
Richardson has agreed to the committee’s terms.