Congressional rules bar lawmakers from using public resources to benefit their political campaigns.
The allegations brought by former Farenthold communications director Elizabeth Peace come amid sexual harassment and staff abuse accusations made against Farenthold, whose district includes parts of Bastrop and Caldwell counties.
CNN said sources familiar with Peace’s conversation with congressional lawyers said that Peace also claimed that requests for campaign work were sometimes sent directly to her official House email account.
Aide claimed she sometimes received campaign requests on her official House email, and was asked to do campaign work when she was at Farenthold’s congressional office during work hours https://t.co/dxMHY0Q3gYhttps://t.co/FvIFtQuvz2
“On more than one occasion, she was asked to perform these duties when she was physically at Farenthold's congressional office on Capitol Hill during regular work hours,” CNN reported.
The House Ethics Committee announced late Thursday it would expand its investigation of the retiring Farenthold to include allegations of misuse of official resources for campaign activities and lying to the panel.
No one from Farenthold’s office responded to CNN’s request for comment and no one immediately responded to the American-Statesman Friday morning for comment on the latest allegations or the growing investigation.