Investigators recommended a full House Ethics Committee probe of Rep. Aaron Schock for allegedly soliciting contributions of more than $5,000 for a political action committee to help an Illinois colleague engaged in a bitter primary battle last year, a report released Wednesday showed.
Moreover, the report from the Office of Congressional Ethics said Rep. Rodney Davis, elected last November as a new Republican congressman from southern Illinois, was a "noncooperating witness" in its investigation into how funds flowed into the PAC, the Campaign for Primary Accountability.
Among the PAC's top funders is Joe Ricketts, whose family's trust was used to buy the Chicago Cubs.
The investigatory report, approved on a 6-0 vote by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics in August, said "there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Schock violated federal law, House rules and standards of conduct." The House Ethics Committee, which released the report Wednesday, said it had no comment pending completion of its own initial review.