Crapo did not change D.C.; it changed him
The Mike Crapo who went to Washington, D.C., 25 years ago would wince at the headlines that appeared in Idaho newspapers last week.
It turns out the three-term congressman and senator now serving his fourth term had a sweetheart deal at the same condo and with the same landlord as scandal-plagued Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Pruitt’s in hot water because he paid his landlord, health care lobbyist Vicki Hart and husband, lobbyist J. Steven Hart, $50 a night – when he was in Washington, D.C., – to stay at her townhouse.
Try finding an apartment at those prices.
In the midst of reporting about the Pruitt story, the Daily Beast unearthed a reference to Crapo using the Hart condo. When a watchdog group, the Campaign for Accountability, pored over Crapo’s campaign finance reports, it could find no record of the senator reimbursing Hart for the use of her pad – or Hart donating the use of her home as an in-kind contribution to the Crapo campaign.
So it filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission.