For Immediate Release Corrine Brown Fraud Deprived Children in Need & Betrayed Her Constituents

Statement of Liza McClenaghan, Common Cause Florida Board Chair

Posted on May 11, 2017


Today’s verdict confirms that Congresswoman Brown exploited the generosity of her constituents, other Floridians and contributors outside the state to enrich herself with funds those donors understood would provide scholarships for needy students. Her disgraceful conduct betrayed her solemn promise to “bear true faith and allegiance” to the Constitution and “faithfully discharge the duties” of her office.

These jury findings underscore the importance of ethics laws that require full disclosure of the personal finances of members of Congress and other elected officials. The 18 criminal counts on which Congresswoman Brown was convicted include lying on her federal income tax returns and her congressional disclosure forms.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause Florida, Common Cause National

Issues: Ethics, Money in Politics

Tags: Congressional Ethics

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