Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo Under Investigation For Possible Ethics Violation Related To Housing

Bordallo's office: 'the announcement by the House Ethics Committee is the result of a politically motivated complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics regarding Congresswoman Bordallo's lodging on Guam'

By John Borja

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, July 28, 2017) – Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo is being investigated for a possible ethics violation. 

The U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Ethics issued a statement Thursday regarding ethics inquiries imposed on Bordallo. The referral was filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics on June 12.

The Ethics Committee clarified that the referral does not mean that a violation has occurred, but an investigation will ensue. Adam Carbullido, communications director for the delegate's office, said in a statement the congresswoman is cooperating with the investigation.

'Politically motivated'

"The announcement by the House Ethics Committee is the result of a politically motivated complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics regarding Congresswoman Bordallo's lodging on Guam," Carbullido said. 

According to Carbullido, the committee is looking into Bordallo's arrangement to lease her house in Tamuning and stay with her sister while she's on Guam.

The congresswoman mostly stays in Washington, D.C., because of the nature of her work, Carbullido said. The travel time from the U.S. capital to Guam does not give her much time on the island during the weekends, he added.

"(Bordallo) asserts that no violation has occurred and looks forward to timely resolution by the Ethics Committee," Carbullido said. 

The Ethics Committee cited specific rules which required a public announcement of the investigation at this time. The rules state the committee has either five legislative days to make the report and its findings public, or it can take as long as 45 calendar days to make the findings public, provided it announces it is doing so.

Based on the rules, that means the Ethics Committee already has received a referral from the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics, including a report, supporting documents and any findings.

The Office of Congressional Ethics, which is an independent body created in 2008, "reviews allegations of misconduct against House Members, officers, and staff and, when appropriate, refers investigations to the House Ethics Committee for further review," according to its website.

The committee will decide what action to take on the referral by Sept. 11.

Financial disclosure

Here are Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo’s real estate assets and sources of income, according to filings with the House of Representatives. Her congressional salary is $174,000.

Rental income:

  • Jonestown, Tamuning - $50,001 to $100,000 per year
  • Ocala, Florida- $15,001 to $50,000 per year
  • Las Vegas, Nevada- $15,001 to $50,000 per year

Pensions:

  • Lt. Governor - $42,499
  • GovGuam survivor- $12,500

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