One of the disclosure reports searched by Justice for Lopez was 2001, when he took a midsummer trip to Puerto Rico that was paid for by Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff’s former firm. In February, Doolittle’s office told the Sacramento Bee — which has closely followed the political and financial dealings of the House Republican Conference Secretary — that a proper sponsor actually paid for the trip but declined to mention who that sponsor was.
No amended travel report has been filed since with the House ethics committee.
Doolittle, who hired a white-collar criminal defense attorney this year, has denied any wrongdoing in his relationship with Abramoff or any lobbyists. He has dared the Justice Department to investigate his office, proclaiming he’ll be found innocent.
After leaving the office, David Lopez formed his own consulting firm, called the David Lopez Group. That firm received more than $53,000 in consulting fees from last May through early January, all from the Doolittle for Congress committee.
The Lopezes are no longer working as consultants for any of Doolittle’s political committees, aides said. According to reports with the FEC, his firm was last paid on Jan. 5, a $9,200 consulting fee and more than $3,800 in “fundraising supplies.”
Kathy Lopez’s last consulting payment from Doolittle was $4,600 on Feb. 7.
Neither of them received any payments in March.
The last recorded expenditure to the Lopezes was on Feb. 17, when Doolittle for Congress paid Kathy Lopez $2.79 for postage.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.