McLean, VA – Lindsey Davis Stover, former Obama Administration official and candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 10th District, today submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Department of Treasury requesting records that reveal the secret payouts authorized in congressional sexual misconduct and harassment cases.
“Taxpayers have a right to know if they have been footing the bill for the cover-up of sexual misconduct and harassment in Congress,” said Lindsey Davis Stover. “Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has been a member of the House Administration Committee for two years and during her tenure 36 cases have been settled totaling $2,005,600. We need answers now. It is not enough to be supportive of disclosure, we need a leader who takes action to provide transparency to the public.”
The Office of Compliance (OOC) oversees accusations of sexual harassment and, since 1997, has used $17 million in taxpayer dollars to pay out 268 settlements related to sexual harassment and other workplace related complaints. The data is released by the OOC in aggregate eschewing the details of the individuals, including the names of elected Representatives settling the cases.
“My request to the Department of Treasury is simple –The public has the right to know how our tax dollars are being spent. Comstock has spent 2 years on the House Administration Committee approving the settlements of 36 cases totaling over $2 million dollars. If any of those 36 cases are sexual harassment cases, the public deserves to know. It is simply not enough to support the names of offenders being disclosed ‘sooner or later.’ There should be zero-tolerance for sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. Our Congressional leaders should represent the best of our country. These settlement cases have been secret far too long.”
In early November, Lindsey joined over 1000 former Congressional staffers in signing an open letter urging the House and Senate to completely overhaul the process for filing sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill. The letter called for mandatory training for both lawmakers and Congressional staff and canceled the requirement that victims undergo counseling and mediation in the process of reporting misbehavior.
Lindsey is a small business owner in McLean, VA and formerly worked on Capitol Hill as a Chief of Staff and served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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