Free Internet Press :: Republican Campaign Arm Is Missing Cash
FBI investigating treasurer fired over lack of auditing.
Authorities investigating possible fraud by a longtime Republican operative have determined that the House Republican campaign committee has lost a substantial sum of money, and several Republican lawmakers believe funds were pilfered from their campaign accounts as well, law enforcement and Capitol Hill sources said Thursday.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the U.S. House Republicans’ campaign arm, lost a “significant amount of money,” said a law enforcement official who also confirmed that the FBI has begun investigating the committee’s longtime treasurer, Christopher J. Ward.
An official close to the NRCC said preliminary reviews of its bank statements and reports to the Federal Election Commission (FEC)demonstrate clear discrepancies between “what [money] we have and what we should have.”
“We don’t know if it’s a big number or a small number,” said the official. “It looks like something was stolen. But we don’t have an accurate number. We don’t know.”