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Watchdog Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Schock Over Downton Office

Via the Washington Post:
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) wasted little time asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Schock (R-Ill.) broke House rules by accepting professional interior design work for free. House Ethics rules prohibit lawmakers from accepting free “gifts of services.” “Rep. Schock may wish he could escape to an earlier era, but the Office of Congressional Ethics needs to ensure he doesn’t outrun the rules of this one,” Anne Weismann, CREW’s interim executive director said in a statement. Since his office was exposed, Schock has claimed he’s never seen “Downton Abbey” – the British soap opera that, as the Guardian points out, runs on public television. (Republicans aren’t big fans of government-subsidized TV.) Whether his new digs are deemed unethical or not, the flashy decor sure bucks stuffy Capitol Hill norm. Lady Mary would be proud.
He's never seen the show. Riiight.

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