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Congressional panel’s ethics probe of Rep. Aaron Schock moves forward

Rep. AarSchock R-Ill. 2009 FILE PHOTO.  (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., in 2009 FILE PHOTO. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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Updated: February 7, 2013 2:43AM

An ethics probe into U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill) is moving forward, a congressional panel announced Wednesday.

Schock, who has made overtures suggesting that he intends to run for governor, is under scrutiny for allegedly asking House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, (R-Va.) to contribute $25,000 to a SuperPAC aimed at backing U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, which could be a violation of federal campaign law.

However, the committee announced it would not form a separate investigative committee, which it had the power to do.

A spokesman for the Peoria Republican dismissed the announcement as “just one more step in the long process of adjudicating ethics complaints that can be submitted by anyone for any reason.”

“The complaint in this case is entirely without merit,” said Steve Dutton, Schock’s communications director. “We remain firmly convinced that Congressman Schock will be exonerated when the Ethics Committee examines the complaint and in due course resolves this matter. We fully cooperated with the OCE review, and we will continue to cooperate as the Ethics Committee now conducts its own review.”

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