Rostenkowski probe asked

December 22, 1992|By Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON -- Common Cause, a citizens' lobbying group, has asked the House ethics committee to investigate reports questioning Rep. Dan Rostenkowski's rented campaign office space and postage-stamp purchases.

The group asked the committee to look into whether any of Mr. Rostenkowski's activities violated House rules prohibiting converting campaign funds to personal use. Common Cause did not raise any new allegations against Mr. Rostenkowski, D-Ill., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, but it cited newspaper reports in calling for the investigation.

Ethics committee Chairman Louis Stokes, D-Ohio, was unavailable for comment yesterday. Common Cause cited a report in the Chicago Sun Times that Mr. Rostenkowski has paid $73,000 in campaign funds to rent space in a building in Chicago that he and his sister own jointly.

Common Cause also suggested that the ethics committee look into whether Mr. Rostenkowski's stamp purchases constituted an improper conversion of campaign funds to personal use.

Mr. Rostenkowski says his official stamp purchases were used for mailings overseas.

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