New York Congressman Facing More Ethics Allegations For Failing To Disclose Privately Funded Travel

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) is a magnet for ethical allegations. Most significantly, he is reportedly already under a federal grand jury investigation for allegedly accepting donations from non-U.S. citizens and donations over the legal limit, and for allegedly pressuring a New York rabbi to raise campaign funds. Grimm has denied any wrongdoing.

As that investigation proceeds, Grimm now faces new ethics allegations, this time over his repeated failure to disclose a privately funded trip to Cyprus. The New York Times reports that though Grimm did receive pre-approval for his trip from the House Ethics Committee, he neglected to file the required disclosures afterwards:

Mr. Grimm did not file required paperwork about the trip, which was paid for by a private organization, with the House clerk, according to Congressional records. Nor did he initially report the Cyprus trip on his Congressional financial disclosure filing in May, even though he did list [an] Israel trip, according to the records.

But in June, Mr. Grimm amended his financial disclosure filing to report the Cyprus trip, the records show. The amended filing came one day after his host on the trip, Peter Papanicolaou, the president of the Cyprus Federation of America, which paid for the $6,890 visit, was arrested in Brooklyn on federal corruption charges.

Despite House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) promised “zero-tolerance” policy on ethical scandals, House Republicans have taking no action against Grimm.