West Virginia GOP congressman under ethics investigation for possible campaign finance violations

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The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating Rep. Alex Mooney over whether the West Virginia Republican spent $49,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses such as resorts, meal purchases, car expenses, and other things.

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The investigation, which began in March, is also examining whether Federal Election Commission filings were filled out improperly, according to a report on Wednesday by Roll Call.

Investigators are seeking details on purchases made by the campaign at a local gift shop and St. James Parish in Mooney's adopted hometown of Charles Town, West Virginia. Since 2018, Mooney's campaign spent $19,000 at the parish and St. Zita's gift shop.

Thousands of dollars in reimbursements made to Mooney are also under scrutiny.

An October report by Roll Call found that Mooney spent more than $6,100 on travel at different resorts and hotels across West Virginia, including Ace Adventure Resort. Ace Adventure Resort features recreational activities such as rock climbing, a water park, and whitewater rafting.

Mooney spent more than $1,900 at Chick-fil-A across 53 transactions and $640 at an outdoor retail store.

If the OCE concludes a violation may have occurred, the office can refer its findings to the House Ethics Committee, which has the authority to discipline members.

Members of Congress are barred by federal law and House rules from using campaign funds for personal reasons.

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The OCE and Mooney's office did not immediately respond to inquiries by the Washington Examiner.

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