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ICYMI: Ethics Report Filed Against Ron Johnson for Use of Taxpayer Funds

Jun 01, 2022

ICYMI: Ethics Report Filed Against Ron Johnson for Use of Taxpayer Funds 

MADISON, Wis. — Following the news that Ron Johnson used thousands of taxpayer dollars to travel from his Florida vacation home, further reporting shows an ethics complaint has been filed against Johnson. 

Key Points: 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin U.S. Senate election updates: Complaint filed against Ron Johnson over Florida flights

  • A Madison-based Democratic activist has a [sic] filed a complaint over Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s use of taxpayer dollars to cover the cost of flights between a Florida family vacation home and Washington, D.C., including nine flights last year.
  • Claudia Pogreba … filed a three-page complaint with Senate Ethics Committee Chairman Chris Coons (D-Delaware), and Vice-Chairman James Lankford (R-Oklahoma). 
  • “Senators may only use government funds to pay for travel that has an official business component,” wrote Pogreba … “Yet Sen. Johnson has flouted this rule by repeatedly using official funds to subsidize personal travel.”
  • Overall, federal records show, the multimillionaire Wisconsin senator has been reimbursed for 19 flights from Fort Myers, Florida, to Washington between 2013 and May 2021. The trips cost taxpayers somewhere between $5,418 and $18,781.

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