House Ethics Panel Clears Rep. Pete Stark In Tax Break Probe

In a unanimous vote, the House ethics committee has found that Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) did not violate ethics rules in allegedly taking a tax break on a property he owns in Maryland.

You can read the panel’s statement here (.pdf) and the lengthy report on the matter here (.pdf).

At issue here is a tax break worth more than $3,000 that Stark allegedly took. The ethics committee concluded that allegations that Stark improperly took the tax break were unfounded.

Stark’s spokesman tells TPMmuckraker that it is letting the report speak for itself.

Here’s the report, which also details a dispute between the ethics panel and the independent Office of Congressional Ethics on the Stark matter:

Full Stark Report and Appendices

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