Investigation Dropped

The Office of Congressional Ethics has dismissed an investigation into U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning.

The investigation was into Reed’s payment of $4,247.83 for a tax bill on his family vacation home using a check from his campaign account. By doing this Reed broke federal election laws and House of Representative rules.

Reed said he did make the error in making the payment using campaign funds, according to a September story in The Post-Journal.

“This was an unfortunate clerical error and I take full responsibility for it,” Reed said. “I immediately corrected the error by personally reimbursing my campaign account and at no time were there insufficient funds in my personal account to cover this erroneously written check from my campaign. Out of an abundance of caution, we promptly self-reported the error by issuing a statement for the public record to the FEC. We put new precautions and procedures in place in order to ensure this does not happen again.”

Seth Wimer, Reed’s campaign spokesman, said Wednesday that Reed’s office is pleased the ethics office dismissed the matter.

“The congressman is committed to transparency and accountability and he will continue to be accessible to his constituents,” Wimer said.

It was reported earlier this year that tax records from Steuben and Chemung counties, where Reed owns or has owned several properties in addition to his family home, showed he had paid $3,486.51 in interest and penalties, because he had repeatedly been late on his property taxes by a month or two. Reed said in addition to the taxes being paid in full, out of more than 500 payments since 2005, some of the payments were indeed late.