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Ethics Office Closes Inquiry Into Murtha, Dicks and Moran
Roll Call ^ | December 18, 2009 | Jennifer Yachnin

Posted on 12/18/2009 1:12:02 PM PST by jazusamo

The Office of Congressional Ethics has closed its investigation into Reps. John Murtha (D-Pa.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) and their relationships to the lobbying firm PMA Group, and the OCE advised against a formal House ethics investigation, the lawmakers’ offices said Friday.

George Behan, Dicks’ chief of staff, said the OCE, which reviews potential rules violations and refers investigations to the House ethics committee, informed the Washington lawmaker on Dec. 2 that it had recommended the inquiry be dismissed.

“In his case, there was never anything there,” Behan said.

Murtha spokesman Matt Mazonkey and Moran spokeswoman Emily Blout confirmed their respective lawmakers received similar letters.

The OCE has never publicly confirmed its investigation into PMA, but a confidential ethics document leaked in October showed the office reviewing seven lawmakers — Dicks, Murtha and Moran, as well as Reps. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) and Bill Young (R-Fla.) — in the matter.

According to a copy of that document published on the Web site Wikileaks.org, the OCE investigation focused on whether Members accepted contributions or other items of value from PMA’s political action committee in exchange for official acts.

PMA employees and clients were leading donors to Murtha, Visclosky, Moran, Dicks and other appropriators, and received multiple earmarks from these and other Members.

Ethics committee leaders acknowledge a document leak in October but have not confirmed the authenticity of the Wikileaks-published document. The Committee on Standards on Official Conduct — as the ethics panel is formally known — announced its own review of PMA in June but has not named any lawmakers under review to date or even which House rules infractions it is examining.

Although the OCE did not recommended further review of Murtha and Dicks, the ethics committee could nonetheless opt to continue its own investigation or to pursue information provided by the OCE.

Under ethics committee rules, the panel has up to 90 days — a mandatory 45-day period and an optional 45-day extension — to review the OCE’s recommendation.

In most circumstances, the panel must release the OCE’s report at the end of its review, unless it opts to open a formal investigation. In the event that the OCE recommends an investigation for dismissal, however, the ethics committee is not required to publicize the OCE’s report if it likewise votes to dismiss the matter. If the ethics committee disagrees and votes to pursue the investigation, it must ultimately release the OCE’s report.

Ethics panel Staff Director Blake Chisam declined to comment for this story, stating: “The committee does not comment on matters that may or may not be before it.”

It is not known whether OCE has recommended further investigation in the case of other lawmakers named in the leaked ethics report. None of those offices immediately returned telephone calls Friday afternoon.

FBI agents raided the defense appropriations-focused PMA in November 2008, reportedly as part of an investigation into improper campaign contributions.

Visclosky had previously confirmed in May that his offices and aides had been subpoenaed by federal investigators examining the Indiana lawmaker’s relationship with PMA.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: 111th; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; dicks; doublestandard; ethics; moran; murtha; oce; paytoplay; pelosicongress; pravdamedia; ratcrime; showtrial; traitor; whitewash

1 posted on 12/18/2009 1:12:03 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Conclusion: Another whitewash.


2 posted on 12/18/2009 1:14:28 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Pork Eating CRUSADER - FUBO! Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: abigailsmybaby; ArmyTeach; Badeye; billmor; bmwcyle; brityank; ConorMacNessa; dalight; ...
Looks like Murtha dodged the ethics bullet. Hopefully the FBI investigation will be different.

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3 posted on 12/18/2009 1:15:09 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Is anyone surprised?


4 posted on 12/18/2009 1:15:27 PM PST by FreedomOfExpression
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To: jazusamo

Pure contradiction in terms: Congressional Ethics


5 posted on 12/18/2009 1:16:23 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("'Diversity' is one of those words designed to absolve you of the need to think." Mark Steyn)
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To: FreedomOfExpression

Murtha Dicks Moran...what a headline...


6 posted on 12/18/2009 1:17:22 PM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: jazusamo

Well (dusting off hands) that’s that. ....and ‘they’ wonder why so many American’s are dissatisfied and down right angry. Murtha and his air port should have had at the very least an investigation.........


7 posted on 12/18/2009 1:19:22 PM PST by yoe ( Fight organized crime: Re-elect no one...)
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To: jazusamo

Just more of the transparancy and high ethical standards that bammy and nancy promised. Barf.


8 posted on 12/18/2009 1:20:00 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: jazusamo

Ethics panel Staff Director Blake Chisam declined to comment for this story, stating: “That yellow fiend Kato is preparing to ambush me!”


9 posted on 12/18/2009 1:22:48 PM PST by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: jazusamo

Communists protecting communists. Nothing new. RATS do not have laws they have to respect. America is done unless these RATS are in jail.


10 posted on 12/18/2009 1:22:59 PM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: yoe

Yep, there’s no one in the House more blatant than Murtha about pay to play and it’s obvious to everyone. This is disappointing but not unexpected and just maybe the FBI investigation will finally nail him.


11 posted on 12/18/2009 1:23:26 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
One of the remarkable traits of the left is that they seem to be uniformly corrupt. They all lie, (like muslims) they will all cheat and steal for the cause.
12 posted on 12/18/2009 1:27:19 PM PST by Hans
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To: jazusamo

At what point do citizens decide that paying money for circus of fraud, arrogance, detachment from the people and waste becomes intolerable?

I mean, at what point does a citizen throw crates over the rail and become looked at as a criminal to a state that knows no rules?

I have a feeling this coming tax season will be marginally different.


13 posted on 12/18/2009 1:30:10 PM PST by Voter62vb
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To: jazusamo

Just another board in the edifice of the most corrupt congress in history. There is one thing democrats are very good at...corruption.


14 posted on 12/18/2009 1:32:38 PM PST by highlander_UW (To anger a conservative tell him a lie. To anger a liberal tell him the truth.)
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To: jazusamo

Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

Your time is coming, progressives.

It’ll be an election or a revolution.


15 posted on 12/18/2009 1:33:57 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: jazusamo

Now there’s a real surprise?


16 posted on 12/18/2009 1:34:27 PM PST by Daveinyork
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To: Voter62vb

What we need is a good old revolution with the citizens as the judges. A few public examples and we roust the rest of the trash out and we can start to representatives in the congress that actually live to our values.


17 posted on 12/18/2009 1:34:57 PM PST by dumpthelibs (dumpthelibs)
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To: jazusamo

The American voter is still to blame.


18 posted on 12/18/2009 1:35:36 PM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: bmwcyle

Sadly, you’re right. In Murtha’s case most of the majority that keep reelecting him are willing to sell their soul for the pork.


19 posted on 12/18/2009 1:40:54 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE
We have 535 that need to go. Plus BO & Joe.
20 posted on 12/18/2009 1:45:56 PM PST by DeaconRed (Eeverythings Broken (RL Burnside) Applies to our current situation)
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To: jazusamo

Firgures. Our open honest govment at work.


21 posted on 12/18/2009 1:46:18 PM PST by vpintheak (How can love of God, Family and Country make me an extremist?)
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To: jazusamo
Corrupt scum, every one of them. As a vietnam vet, I have special hatred for Murtha.

Nam Vet

22 posted on 12/18/2009 2:06:14 PM PST by Nam Vet ("Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, Wherever you are ! ")
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Conclusion: Another whitewash.

Next up; Charley Rangel. But will he settle for the word 'whitewash'?

23 posted on 12/18/2009 2:07:36 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Agreed. I never expected anything else in a Dem controlled Congress.

Unless of course it was a Pubbie, then full steam ahead.


24 posted on 12/18/2009 2:20:39 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: jazusamo

CRIMINAL COVER-UP!


25 posted on 12/18/2009 2:31:52 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: jazusamo

who would have thunk it?
This guy has his locks in tight.


26 posted on 12/18/2009 3:55:32 PM PST by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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