Frelinghuysen faces ethics complaint for targeting activist

By: Heather Caygle, Politico, May 16, 2017

An ethics watchdog claims Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen violated House rules by criticizing a local bank executive in a fundraising letter to her employer.

The Campaign for Accountability filed the complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics Tuesday, requesting an investigation into whether the New Jersey Republican violated House ethics rules by singling out the employee, a local liberal activist, in his letter to a board member of the bank.

Saily Avelenda told POLITICO that she resigned from her job at Lakeland Bank last week after meeting with her boss over the Frelinghuysen letter and feeling pressure to not publicize her membership in a local progressive group, NJ 11th for Change.

Frelinghuysen “had taken the time to find out where I worked, find a board member at my employer, it was really thought out in that regard,” Avelenda said in an interview. “I know they were put on the spot but I was a little taken aback.”

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