US Rep Schmidt not sanctioned for improper gift

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt
U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt

The U.S. House ethics committee says Ohio Congresswoman Jean Schmidt was unaware she was receiving an impermissible gift when she accepted legal services funded by the Turkish Coalition of America.

In a report released Friday, the committee says Schmidt will not be sanctioned for accepting the money because her lawyers gave her false and misleading information regarding the payments. The Cincinnati-area Republican is required to repay the gift and disclose it on financial filings.

The report says the coalition paid $500,000 in legal bills related to complaints over statements made by Schmidt's opponent, independent David Krikorian, during her 2008 re-election campaign.

The payments, from 2008 to 2010, went to lawyers who said they worked for the Turkish American Legal Defense Fund, a project of the coalition.

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