A nonpartisan watchdog group has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate what it calls a series of potential violations of federal criminal law by Rep. Michael Oxley, R-Ohio, relating to alleged illegal fundraising activities by Freddie Mac.

The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) asked the Justice Department to look into Rep. Oxley’s involvement in a fundraising scandal involving Freddie Mac.

Freddie Mac recently paid a $3.8 million fine to settle a complaint that it illegally used corporate treasury funds to sponsor fundraisers that raised nearly $3 million dollars for members of Congress.

“The vast majority of the 85 fundraising events benefited Chairman Oxley at a time when legislation was pending before his committee that was opposed by Freddie Mac,” the CLC said. The legislation never made it to Chairman Oxley’s full committee, despite the support of the subcommittee chairman for the legislation, according to the CLC.

A spokesman for Oxley did not return a message asking for comment by press time.

In a letter to Alberto Gonzales of the U.S. Department of Justice and his assistant attorney general, the CLC enclosed a copy of a letter it said it had sent to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and the House ethics committee requesting a Congressional investigation of what it called “Chairman Oxley’s potential violations of criminal statutes and House ethics rules.”

In its letter to the Justice Department, the CLC said, “Published reports raise serious questions as to whether Chairman Oxley may have violated criminal laws, including potential violations of The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), which forbids ‘any candidate, political committee, or other person knowingly to accept or receive any [corporate] contribution.'”

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