House Ethics Committee Clears Trahan on Campaign Finance; Rep. Says Charges Were ‘Just Politics’

Lori Trahan addressed supporters in Lowell during her Nov. 6, 2018 victory party. (WHAV News file photograph.)

The U.S. House Ethics Committee this week unanimously cleared Congresswoman Lori Trahan of any wrongdoing in connection with her campaign finances.

The Committee on Ethics, whose members include Democrats and Republicans and is chaired by U.S. Rep. Theodore E. Deutch of Florida, found “Trahan’s personal loans to the Campaign were marital property to which Representative Trahan had a legal right of access and control.” A report said Trahan’s 2007 prenuptial agreement with David Trahan pre-dated her run for Congress. As to errors on financial disclosure statements and Federal Election Commission reports, the Committee said it “found no evidence that they were knowing and willful.”

In a statement Thursday, Trahan said, “The respected House Ethics Committee—made up of Democrats and Republicans—investigated this matter thoroughly and has now unanimously confirmed what I’ve always maintained: that my campaign acted ethically and that these baseless accusations were just politics.”

Trahan, who is up for re-election this year, added, “Serving the people of the Third Congressional District continues to be the greatest honor of my life, and I will continue to focus on addressing the needs of the people I represent.”

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