Your Tax Dollars Misspent

Your Tax Dollars Misspent

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#1 May 5, 2014
Later he was retained to provide services to Gutierrez’s office from April 2003 to June 2003, the report said.
Scofield initially cooperated with the OCE by producing requested documents, but later, he “ceased cooperating, declining to further produce documents or to be interviewed by the OCE,” the report said.
The OCE said two other top congressional staffers for Gutierrez declined to cooperate with its review: Jennice Fuentes, who was his chief of staff in 2002-2013, and Enrique Fernandez, who was his deputy chief of staff in 2002-2013.
According to the OCE, it wanted information from Fuentes about her role in retaining and supervising Scofield. It sought information from Fernandez about his interactions with Scofield when his firm was retained by the congressional office.
The OCE does not have the power to subpoena witnesses or documents, but the ethics committee does. The OCE recommended the committee issue subpoenas to Scofield, Fuentes and Fernandez.
The OCE last Dec. 4 sent the report to the ethics committee, which can recommend sanctions against lawmakers.
Top lawmakers on the ethics committee said in today’s announcement that the public release of the OCE report does not in itself indicate a violation has occurred.
Gutierrez, 60, has served in Congress since 1993 and is seeking a 12th term in the Nov. 4 election.

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