Tipton money goes to nephew’s company
June 10, 2011
DENVER (AP) – U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton may have violated ethics rules after he spent more than $7,000 from his House office account on vendors that contract with his nephew’s company.
Members of Congress are forbidden from hiring family members, including nieces and nephews. But the rules are less clear on contract work, according to the Denver Post.
Invoices show that the congressman paid more than $7,000 to iConstituent and Constituent Services for newsletters and an April telephone town hall.
Both companies are vendors of Colorado-based Broadnet, which is owned by Tipton’s nephew, Steve Patterson.
Tipton spokesman Josh Green said the office used iConstituent because it was used by his predecessor, Democratic Rep. John Salazar.