Alan Mollohan

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Alan Mollohan is a Democratic representative of the 1st district of West Virginia.

Committees

Mollohan is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and three of its 12 subcommittees.

He is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, and the Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

Under investigation

The Justice Department told the House ethics panel to halt its probe of Rep. Mollohan while it undergoes its own investigation. Federal investigators began reviewing Mollohan's personal finances early in 2006 after complaints from the National Legal and Policy Center that he was not fully revealing his real estate holdings. For several years, there was no public action on the complaints, but the department requested the Ethics Committee investigation halt in early July. Federal investigators often ask that the House and Senate ethics panels refrain from taking action against members whom the department is already investigating.[1]

Real estate

Since entering his congressional position in 1983, Mollohan's assets grew from a $17,474 law firm salary before becoming a representative up to $24 million, at times. He is one of several congressmen who have grown wealthy while in office through the buying and selling of real estate.

In the 1990s, he set up a network of nonprofit organizations in his district to help administer more than $150 million of federal funding that was secured for research ventures and preservation efforts.

At this time, Mollohan, the head of one of those nonprofit groups and the owner of a local company that received substantial federal aid partnered in real estate ventures. Mollohan bought $2 million worth of property on Bald Head Island, N.C. with a former staffer and friend who ran one of the nonprofits.

Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, spent nine months researching the transactions. In 2006 he handed his findings to the FBI, which he said launched an investigation into the matter.

Mollohan defended the transactions.

Controversial earmarks

"Mollohan has earmarked tens of millions of dollars to groups associated with his own business partners. That immediately raises the question whether these funds were allocated to promote the public good or to promote his interests and the interests of his partners," said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group. "He also got very rich very quick, and that suggests a relationship that is suspect if not corrupt."[2]

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References

  1. Dozens in Congress under ethics inquiry, Washington Post, October 30, 2009
  2. West Virginia Democrat is Scrutinized, Washington Post, May 15, 2006

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