Panel: Don Young violated US House ethics


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The House Ethics Committee has found U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska violated House rules by using campaign funds for personal trips and accepting improper gifts.

The committee called on the Republican to repay the value of the trips and gifts, totaling about $59,000, to his campaign and the donors. It also issued a letter of rebuke.

Last year, the committee announced it was forming a special panel to investigate whether Young had failed to report gifts on disclosure forms, misused campaign funds and lied to federal officials. The committee, in a report released Friday, said it saw no basis for finding Young provided false statements to federal officials.

Young said he made the recommended payments and since 2007 has strengthened office polices to avoid a repeat of "these oversights."

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