Foley had raised million in campaign contributions before withdrawing.

In the House, Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography.

Fordham then visited GOP headquarters to inform Reynolds and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert; he returned with a one-sentence resignation letter that Foley signed.

Foley resigned from Congress on September 29, 2006 acting on a request by the Republican leadership after allegations surfaced that he had sent suggestive emails and sexually explicit instant messages Each ended with no criminal finding.

In the case of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the "FDLE conducted as thorough and comprehensive investigation as possible considering Congress and Mr. House in 1994 with 58 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat John Comerford.

More pages came forward, alleging a history of inappropriate conduct by Foley dating back at least 10 years.

Foley had been warned about the matter in 2005 by another House Republican and the House Clerk.

According to the National Journal's calculations, in 2005, Foley's voting record on social policy issues was moderate.

On September 28, 2006, ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross reported that in 2005, Foley had sent email messages from his personal AOL account to a former Congressional page, asking the page to send a photo of himself to Foley, among other things.

Foley had served as chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.

He introduced a bill, coined the "Child Modeling Exploitation Prevention Act of 2002" to outlaw web sites featuring sexually suggestive images of preteen children, saying that "these websites are nothing more than a fix for pedophiles." As it was written, the bill would have prohibited commercial photography of children and it failed due to the unmanageable burden it would have presented to the legitimate entertainment industry.

Foley's office confirmed that Foley had sent the messages but said it has a practice of asking for photos of individuals who may ask for recommendations and that the page had requested a recommendation.