February 19, 2012
Chairman Barbara Boxer Sent Via Fax: (202) 224-7416
Senate Select Committee on Ethics
220 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Regarding: Senator Lugar’s Use of his Official Office for Personal Use
Dear Honorable Barbara Boxer,
Leaders representing fifty-five Indiana Tea Party organizations have asked me to request that you investigate this important matter. Some individual members may contact you.
As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, we request that you investigate Senator Richard Lugar’s use of his official Indianapolis office for personal use.
Whereas, Senator Lugar’s taxpayer paid Indianapolis office is located at Suite 1180, 10 West Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Please see: http://lugar.senate.gov/contact/central/
Whereas, Indiana Secretary of State Certified Documents state that Richard D. Lugar is the President of Lugar Stock Farm Inc. and is its current Registered Agent. See attached copy.
Whereas, Indiana Secretary of State Certified Documents state that the address of the Registered Agent of Lugar Stock Farm Inc. is: Richard G. Lugar, 10 West Market Street, Suite 1180, Indianapolis, IN 46204. See attached copy.
Therefore, I respectfully petition the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to promptly conduct an investigation into the aforementioned allegation and refer any violations to the appropriate body.
Lugar faced questioning by a battery of reporters during a speaking appearance in Indianapolis today. IndyPolitics has the audio of his comments here. When asked where he stayed last night, he said he stayed at the hotel where the conference was taking place. When asked why he didn't use the home situated on the family's farm as his residence, he said it was rented to someone else and that it wouldn't be appropriate to claim it as his residence. When asked what address he used to obtain an Indiana driver's license, he admitted that he used the address of the home on 3200 Highwoods that he and his wife sold 35 years ago. One reporter asked him if that was a violation of the Patriot Act. Lugar responded that he didn't know. Lugar sought to bolster his ties to the Hoosier state by saying that he managed the family's farm, although he conceded that a management company handles arrangements with the farm's tenant. He said he frequently visits the farm to survey its condition and tend to matters like pruning walnut trees that he and his son planted more than 20 years ago. The reporters, who have proven pretty slow on these matters, didn't ask Lugar why he uses his official Senate office as the registered business address for the family farm's corporation.