Watchdog Group Files Complaint Against Guinta Over Finances

Jun 17, 2015


Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

A government watchdog group wants the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether New Hampshire Republican Frank Guinta violated U.S. House rules or federal law.

The complaint filed Tuesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington follows recent action by the Federal Elections Commission, which found that Guinta accepted $355,000 in illegal campaign donations from his parents. Guinta told the FEC the money belonged to him because for years he contributed to and managed a "family pot" of money.

The new complaint says Guinta has repeatedly failed to disclose those assets to the House Ethics Committee. The watchdog group says Guinta can't have it both ways — insisting the money is his but then saying he didn't have to report it because it wasn't in his name.