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Authorities question congressman’s campaign funds

September 5, 2019
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, Congressman Steve Chabot arrives ahead of President Donald Trump at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. An attorney for the veteran Republican congressman says authorities are looking into possible “financial malfeasance” in his campaign funds. Mark Braden says Chabot of Cincinnati was “shocked and deeply disappointed” when informed of possible misappropriation of funds. Braden’s statement says “Chabot for Congress if prepared to fully cooperate and assist both law enforcement and the Federal Election Commission.’ (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, Congressman Steve Chabot arrives ahead of President Donald Trump at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. An attorney for the veteran Republican congressman says authorities are looking into possible “financial malfeasance” in his campaign funds. Mark Braden says Chabot of Cincinnati was “shocked and deeply disappointed” when informed of possible misappropriation of funds. Braden’s statement says “Chabot for Congress if prepared to fully cooperate and assist both law enforcement and the Federal Election Commission.’ (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — An attorney for a veteran Ohio Republican congressman says authorities are examining possible “financial malfeasance” in his campaign funds.

Mark Braden says Rep. Steve Chabot of Cincinnati was “shocked and deeply disappointed” when informed of possible misappropriation of funds. Braden’s statement says “Chabot for Congress is prepared to fully cooperate and assist both law enforcement and the Federal Election Commission to ensure that those responsible are held to account.” He says the campaign will also correct any inaccurate filings.

An FEC letter last week to the campaign’s treasurer asked for an explanation about a $123,625 increase in receipts.

The campaign’s response is due Oct. 1.

Chabot is serving his 12th term representing House District 1, which includes Warren County and western Hamilton County.

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