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Justice Department Investigating Ross Spano Over Ethics Violations

Rep. Ross Spano
The House Ethics Committee in September said it was reviewing allegations in September that Ross Spano borrowed more than $100,000 from two friends and then loaned it to his campaign. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The House Ethics Committee says the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Florida Rep. Ross Spano of Tampa over accusations of campaign finance violations.

The panel announced Thursday that it’s deferring its own the review of allegations against Spano at the justice department’s request.

Spano is a freshman congressman who represesents the 15th congressional district, which encompasses northern Hillsborough and Polk counties.

The House Ethics Committee in September said it was reviewing allegations in September that Spano borrowed more than $100,000 from two friends and then loaned it to his campaign. He has since repaid the loans, with the proceeds of a bank loan to himself.

Spano has denied wrongdoing and previously said he was confident the process would ultimately lean in his favor.