Dem Overseeing Key Investigation Facing Bribery Allegations

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Following the overturn of the Roe v. Wade decision, House members are following up with an investigation into related issues.

One of those issues is the retention and use of private data that has previously been collected.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-NY, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-IL, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, and Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-CA, sent letters to five data broker companies and five personal health application companies requesting information and documents regarding the collection and sale of personal reproductive health data.

The concern of the committee is that there might be a potential misuse of this data to invade the privacy of individuals seeking reproductive health care.

That investigation is ongoing.

Mike and Tom Manatos are brothers who are successful lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

The brothers also have a business posting jobs and internships, linking work-related needs with potential employees.

Dan Snyder is the owner of the NFL team the Washington Commanders.

Snyder has recently testified to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for more than 10 hours over Zoom, according to a committee spokesperson, where he answered questions regarding the committee’s investigation into workplace misconduct within the Commanders’ organization.

Snyder has previously evaded the requests to testify and subpoenas for more than a month.

“The brothers have a long history of opposing Snyder, with Tom Manatos even running a website dedicated to pushing negative content about the team owner,” Fox News reported.

The brother lobbyist duo arranged a fundraiser that is now in question.

Mike Manatos initially pitched the fundraiser in an email to attendees as an opportunity to discuss with Krishnamoorthi the ongoing investigation into the team.

“The one person in Washington who may have found a path to getting rid of Snyder [as the team’s owner] is my good friend and Chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi,” Mike Manatos wrote. “Tom and I hope you can join us on May 10 as a small group of us meets with Raja to discuss his efforts.”

The timing of the fundraiser calls it into question, Conservative Brief noted.

Fox News reported:

“Just weeks prior, Krishnamoorthi had sent a 20-page letter to the Federal Trade Commission demanding an investigation into accusations claiming the Washington football franchise fleeced season ticket holders and the National Football League.

Krishnamoorthi, who serves as chairman of the oversight panel’s subcommittee on the economy and consumer policy, has said he was unaware of the overture on his behalf. The congressman canceled the fundraiser shortly before it was set to take place.

However, questions remain about the nature of the fundraiser and Krishnamoorthi’s involvement.

An invitation sent along with the Manatos email, reviewed by Fox News Digital, lists two individuals with the Strathdee Group as points of contact for RSVPs to the event.

Federal Election Commission records indicate that Krishnamoorthi pays the organization $5,000 a month for fundraising consulting.”

The American Accountability Foundation describes itself as “a charitable and educational organization that conducts non-partisan governmental oversight research and fact-checking so Americans can hold their elected leaders accountable.”

Now the AAF has claimed Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi allegedly did break House ethics rules by attending the lobbying fundraiser.

“The American Accountability Foundation says Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., may have violated House ethics rules by agreeing to appear at a May fundraiser hosted by the lobbying duo Mike and Tom Manatos,” stated Fox News

“It’s clear that Rep. Krishnamoorthi, members of his staff, and perhaps others, violated House ethics rules and the federal bribery statute by raising — and agreeing to accept — campaign donations in exchange for using the power of the Oversight Committee to investigate and permanently damage the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins at the behest of wealthy lobbyists with an ax to grind against their local sports franchise,” said Tom Jones, the head of the American Accountability Base.

“The organization sent a formal letter to the House Ethics Committee on Friday urging an investigation into the congressman’s conduct. In it, the government watchdog argues that Krishnamoorthi may not only have broken House ethics rules but also could have violated federal laws regarding bribery.

Krishnamoorthi has played a leading role in investigating Snyder and the Commanders as a senior member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. House ethics rules prohibit members from accepting gifts or campaign donations if they are directly linked to official legislative business,” Fox News continued.

“The language in the invitation linking a fundraiser to Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s role in the investigation of the team is evidence of a corrupt quid pro quo to cause damage to the team and its leadership,” said Jones.

“By canceling the event, Rep. Krishnamoorthi not only revealed his guilty conscience but also underscored the scope of his violation of both House and federal statutes.”

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