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Rep. Laura Richardson's Congressional account is tapped out (CORRECTION)

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Rep. Laura Richardson

CORRECTION AND UPDATE:

The original version of this story erroneously reported that U.S. Rep. Laura Richardson lost her home to foreclosure earlier this year. In 2007, a home the Congresswoman owned in Sacramento was foreclosed upon, but she was able to stop the process and retain ownership.

On Thursday, the Congresswoman disputed a report that the taxpayer-funded account to run her offices in Washington and Long Beach has been depleted. Rep. Richardson would not answer questions, but her office supplied this statement:

The 37th Congressional District, represented by Congresswoman Richardson has adequate funding to carry out the official duties of her office through the end of the 112th Congress.  The internal email referenced a single line item budgeted for mass mailings and not the MRA budget as a whole. 

CORRECTED STORY: 

The money problems of L.A. Democratic Congresswoman Laura Richardson continue. Jonathan Allen at Politico reports that the taxpayer-funded account to run her offices in Washington and Long Beach is tapped out.

The political blog says her office staffers are at risk for layoff after the Nov. 6 election. Richardson's communications director did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

The three-term congresswoman faces Rep. Janice Hahn in one of Southern California's re-drawn Congressional districts that pits incumbents of the same party against each other. In the primary election, Richardson received 20 percent fewer votes than Hahn. Since then, Richardson has raised very little money — just about $7,000 in the July-September period.

Richardson was reprimanded by the House of Representatives in August for using taxpayer resources on political matters and pressing her Congressional staff to campaign and run personal errands — allegations Richardson denied. She was fined $10,000 by the House Ethics Committee and owes about $150,000 in legal bils, Politico reports.

 

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