The advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington today filed ethics complaints in the House and Senate asking for more information on residents of a Capitol Hill townhouse run by a Christian group. The C Street Center has been involved in some controversy with the IRS, and because its residents occasionally find themselves embroiled in sex scandals. Now CREW is looking into whether the members' rent, reportedly $950 a month, is below market value, thus making the lodging a kind of gift from the group.
Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, is listed in the complaint, but he recently told me that he moved out of the house "a long time ago" and would not disclose why, though the bad press probably didn't help.
In response to queries today, Doyle issued a statement: "While I no longer live at C Street, I never received any subsidized rent there. My living arrangements then and now have always complied with House rules and regulations."
The other lawmakers named in the complaints are Reps. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., Heath Shuler, D-N.C., and Zach Wamp, R-Tenn.; and Sens. John Ensign, R-Nev., Jim DeMint, R-S.C., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Sam Brownback, R-Kansas.