The House Ethics Committee confirmed Friday that it has received a case related to Owens.
In April, based on CQ Roll Call’s reporting, watchdog groups asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate whether Schock violated campaign finances law by asking House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to contribute $25,000 to the anti-incumbent super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability to support incoming Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
A Schock representative confirmed Friday night that the ethics case is related to the super PAC contribution.
“This is the next step in an ongoing process. We remain confident that this matter will be resolved positively,” Schock spokesman Steve Dutton said.
The OCE is an independent fact-finding agency that was created by the House in 2008 to review allegations of wrongdoing within the chamber. Once it sends a matter for further review, the Ethics Committee, in most cases, must release the ethics office’s findings after 45 days or issue a public statement that it is extending consideration of the matter for another 45-day period. The Owens and Schock announcements were delayed because of an election-time rule that pauses the clock until ballots have been cast.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.