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Wednesday, February 28, 1996 Gary Ruskin (202) 296-2787

CAP Calls for Investigation of Rep. Bud Shuster for Possible Violations of Criminal Law

The Congressional Accountability Project (CAP) urged U. S. Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bud Shuster for possible violations of criminal illegal gratuities laws.

The allegations stem from the web of ties between Representative Shuster and Ann Eppard, a top transportation lobbyist who represents a long list of clients before Chairman Shuster's Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

Recent articles in the Journal of Commerce, Roll Call, and the Wall Street Journal have noted that Chairman Shuster has "many times" spent the night at the $823,000 Virginia waterfront home of Eppard, which doubles as the office from which she is paid to lobby Chairman Shuster and his staff. Eppard is also Shuster's Washington fund-raiser and top political adviser, for which she is paid $3,000 per month by Shuster's re-election campaign.

"The Justice Department should immediately investigate Bud Shuster's scandalous ties to a high-priced Washington lobbyist," said Gary Ruskin, Director of the Congressional Accountability Project.

"The question is whether Chairman Bud Shuster did legislative favors for lobbyist Eppard's transportation clients and received benefits in return," Ruskin said. "Eppard seems to have delivered excellent legislative results for some of her clients, thanks to Chairman Shuster. We'd like to know how and why that happened."

The letter to Attorney General Reno also called for the Justice Department to investigate whether Ann Eppard had violated a one-year prohibition against lobbying Shuster. Articles in the Journal of Commerce have suggested that Eppard may have violated that prohibition.

Copies of the letter to the Justice Department are available from the Congressional Accountability Project at (202) 296-2787.