The Campaign for Accountability, a government watchdog organization, has filed a request with the Office of Congressional Ethics, asking it to investigate New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen because of a fundraising letter he sent to a bank executive.
The letter included a hand-written note at the bottom, indicating that one of the bank’s employees had been organizing against the congressman. He also sent along a news article naming the employee, Saily Avelenda. The senior vice president and assistant general counsel at the bank ultimately resigned, in part because of the blowback over her political involvement.
“It seems pretty clear that [Frelinghuysen] was trying to intimidate the bank into doing something about this employee,” said Daniel Stevens, executive director of the watchdog group.
Frelinghuysen’s office did not respond to questions about the request.
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