U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran hid behind the long, flowing robe of Jesus of Nazareth when asked about the hospitality he receives at the famed C Street house in Washington, D.C.
A student at Washburn University asked Moran about the C Street house on Tuesday. Operated by a secretive outfit called the Fellowship, the house provides meals and lodging to conservative Christian members of Congress. The house became a punch line when a number of the politicians associated with it were tarnished in sex scandals.
In February, a group of mainline ministers in Columbus, Ohio, asked the IRS to revoke the house's tax-exempt status out of concern an "exclusive residential club for powerful officials may be masquerading as a church." Last fall, the District of Columbia began taxing two-thirds of the property.
Moran lives at the C Street house when he's in Washington. On April 1, Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington (CREW) added his name to complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics. CREW wants an investigation to determine if the lawmakers accepted below-market rent, a possible violation of gift rules. (The C Street house is valued at $1.8 million.)