House Dem Hit With Serious Ethics Complaint

Via The Washington Examiner:

A government watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint calling for a federal investigation into Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright claiming that he violated conflict of interest rules by sponsoring bills that would benefit a law firm in which he has a multimillion-dollar financial interest.

 The complaint, filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics, alleges that Cartwright’s actions represent “a clear conflict of interest” that “undermines public confidence.” It asks the office to conduct an immediate investigation. The document was filed by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a government watchdog group.

Cartwright’s potential financial conflict involving truck insurance legislation was first reportedby the Washington Examiner this month. The Pennsylvania Democrat recently introduced two bills that would increase the mandatory minimum liability insurance for commercial truck drivers from $750,000 to $4.5 million.

The legislation stands to benefit Cartwright’s family’s Pennsylvania-based law firm, Munley Law, which specializes in commercial truck accident lawsuits, because it would allow higher payouts, a share of which go to litigants’ attorneys. Cartwright and his wife both have profit-sharing agreements with the firm that are valued between $2 million and $10 million, according to the congressman’s 2018 financial disclosure report.