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Government Watchdog Eyeing Christian Fellowship Deal

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By Meymo Lyons

A government watchdog group says it has filed ethics complaints against lawmakers who have rented rooms in a controversial Capitol Hill townhouse.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington(CREW) cites news reports that say House members and some Senators have paid below-market rents to live in a house on C Street SE that is owned by a Christian prayer group known as The Fellowship.

CREW wants the House and Senate ethics committees to determine whether the monthly rent, reported to be around $950, is below the market value. If so, CREW says, the discount could amount to an illegal gift.

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