- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Ethics Committee said Monday it is investigating Rep. Michael Honda, D-Calif., for a possible ethics violation.

Honda, 74, is in his eighth term representing the Silicon Valley area in Northern California.

The ethics panel declined to reveal details Monday, but San Jose Inside, on online news site, has reported that Honda may have violated House rules against coordination between his campaign and official staffs.

San Jose Inside reported last year on emails that it said showed Honda’s longtime chief of staff, Jennifer Van der Heide, and other House aides coordinated with Honda’s re-election campaign on invitations to an official State Department event. The goal was to target influential South Asian donors for campaign contributions, the news site said.

Adam Alberti, a spokesman for Honda’s campaign, said the ethics inquiry was prompted by “a politically motivated complaint” issued by Honda’s opponent in the 2014 election, Ro Khanna.

Honda “has been clear and consistent that while his congressional office could have and should have done better, these allegations do not rise to the level of violations of House rules,” Alberti said.

The ethics committee said it will announce on or before Sept. 3 whether it will take further action on the complaint.

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