UPDATE 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 24 — Embattled U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney (R) said an ethics report critical of a family vacation he took to Aruba contains “rampant factual misrepresentations” and exaggerations.
In a statement released to 13 News, Mooney said he paid back a long-time friend for the trip. He added that no taxpayer funds were used when visiting the tiny island just north of Venezuela.
Mooney says he will fully cooperate with the Office of Congressional Ethics, which continues to review the matter.
CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — A congressional watchdog has determined that Rep. Alex Mooney likely broke House rules when he accepted a trip to Aruba allegedly paid for by a campaign client and family friend.
The latest allegations are included in a statement released Monday by the House Ethics Committee.
The committee says it’s extending the review of an Office of Congressional Ethics report sent in December.
The report says HSP Direct allegedly paid for a trip for Mooney’s family to Aruba in March 2021.
Mooney’s office issued a statement saying he’s fully reimbursed the company.
Mooney will face Democrat Barry Wendell in November’s general election.