Congress

Congresswoman Reprimanded for using Gov't Staff for Fundraising

Fine: tiny. Legal ramifications: none.

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The U.S. House voted Thursday to formally reprimand California Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson for misusing government staffers for a variety of political and personal purposes.

By a voice vote, the House followed the recommendation of the House Committee on Ethics, which is divided evenly between Republicans and Democrats. The penalty included a $10,000 fine.