John Campbell Explains His Car Industry Conflict-Of-Interest Flip Flop
In December, he voted "present" on whether the U.S. government should bail out General Motors and Chrysler. At the time, he said that he couldn't vote "yes" or "no" because he had conflict of interest, as he still owns property leased to auto dealerships.
"I don't have an interest in an operating dealership and I did not believe I had any conflict of interest at all," he said. "The difference [was] between bailing out an auto company by name -- the auto bailout was only GM and Chrysler -- versus a bill that could impact the operation of 20,000 businesses across the country in which I have no direct interest ... I felt there was a difference between those two circumstances."
Campbell was the No. 1 recipient of car-industry campaign contributions in the 2006 election cycle, and No. 2 in the 2008 cycle. He called the investigation into him "semi-random." Today is the deadline for the Office of Congressional Ethics to decide whether that investigation moves forward. Read more about the ethical snafu here.
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