Skip to content
May 1, 2013 / Administrator

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Congresswoman Bustos

(Sorry about the way the formatting transferred here- the originals were cleaner)

For Immediate Release

May 1, 2013

From: Jon A. Zahm, Osco Township Republican Committeeman

Re: Ethics Complaint Filed Against Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline)

(Osco)- The Congressional service of Cheri Bustos has gotten off to a rocky and embarrassing start.

First she had her Chief of Staff, Jerry Lack, quit in the first 30 days of his tenure. Then she struggled

to get her offices opened quickly in a geographically diverse spread throughout the district as promised.

From day one Bustos has gone to DC to vote with the liberals there, starting with her support for

San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Then she comes home to our district

and tries to please everyone with middle of the road rhetoric. However, that make both those who are left, and those

who are right, unhappy.

Now Bustos has a bigger problem. It appears that she violated the Rules of the House of Representatives by

directing people who visited her campaign directly to her taxpayer funded web site. The mixing of private campaign

resources with publicly funded, and taxpayer paid resources, is strictly prohibited.

Below is the letter that I wrote, with the attachment, to the House Office of Congressional Ethics.

I can be reached for comments or questions by return e-mail or by cell at 630-946-8683. In conclusion I say…

“It is very sad to be stuck with a Chicago/San Francisco style Congresswoman in the heartland of America right

here in Western Illinois. Rep. Bustos has hardly arrived in Washington and she is already violating ethics rules

and voting against the people and values of our region,” said Jon Zahm, a Republican precinct committeeman and

Regional School Board Trustee-elect to be serving approx. 100,000 constituents in Bureau, Henry, and Stark Counties

beginning May 20.

To: United States House Office of Congressional Ethics

P.O. Box 895

Washington, D.C. 20515-0895

From: Jon A. Zahm

14910 Osco Road

Osco, IL 61274

cell 630-946-8683

Date of Infraction: January 17, 2013 and for an undetrmined length of time thereafter.

Dear Honorable Committee:

The House Committee on Ethics (“the Committee”) publicly released an important letter recently that represents a significant change in policy regarding political websites and social media. In sum, the Committee has realized that with the rise in the prominence of social media and the Internet, constituents are often sending messages to political websites and social media outlets with the intent of reaching a Member’s official site. Thus, it is now the policy of the Committee that Members’ campaign sites may provide a hyperlink to Members’ official websites IF that hyperlink is accompanied by a disclaimer that has been approved by the Committee on Ethics in advance. This also applies to a Member’s political Twitter and Facebook sites, and extends to any other social media outlets that campaigns may be using on the internet. Any sites without a disclaimer may not contain a hyperlink for, or reference at all, a Member’s official website. Please note that while linking to the official site from the political site is now permitted, the reverse – linking to a political site from the Member’s official site – is still strictly prohibited.

The Committee has said that the following disclaimer is permissible:

Thank you for visiting my campaign (website/Twitter page/Facebook page). If your intention was to visit my official House of Representatives (website/Twitter page/Facebook page), please click here.

Rep. Bustos’ message:


This message is concerning and worthy of investigation because…

Rep. Bustos had a direct link connecting her campaign Facebook page with her official, (and purportedly) taxpayer paid, web site and Facebook. That is strictly prohibited without the official, pre-approved disclaimer. (Please see attached letter on previous ruling).

To the best of my ability all information has been obtained legally from materials in the public domain. I am a resident, voter, and taxpayer of the 17th Congressional District of Illinois and am a citizen desirious that the United States Constitution, the laws of the United States, and official rules of the United States House of Representatives are followed. I will send a hard copy of this complaint, with the signed statement of awareness of the “False Statements Act”, via postal mail out of the Osco IL Post Office, 61274 on 4/30/13.

I ask this Honorable Committee to investigate this alleged violation and issue appropriate sanctions and penalties as the rules and law requires.


/s/Jon A. Zahm

Ethics Letter on Political Social Media linking to Official Webpage


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: