Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), likely to be elected Speaker on January 3rd, raised eyebrows when she indicated that questions could arise about seating Rep-Elect Ross Spano from Florida’s 15th District. Controversy has arisen about his handling of certain loans to his campaign, legal if properly administered, but many suggest that the transactions violate campaign finance law.
Recalling the 1968 Supreme Court decision in relation to the House barring then-Rep. Adam Clayton Powell (D-NY) from being seated because of financial impropriety with taxpayer dollars, some legal advisors believe the House does not have the authority to deny Mr. Spano his seat.
Armed with a 53-47% victory and an official certificate of election from the state of Florida, Mr. Spano has what is required to be sworn into office. The ’68 Supreme Court decision said the House of Representatives cannot bar a duly elected member from taking office, but can expel an individual should the body find the member in violation of laws or rules.
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