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20 in Black Caucus Ask for Curbs on Ethics Office
NY Times ^ | June 1, 2010 | ERIC LIPTON

Posted on 06/02/2010 4:22:40 AM PDT by Pharmboy


Representative Marci Fudge

WASHINGTON — Twenty members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including its chairwoman, are asking the House to severely restrict the powers of an independent ethics office that has spent much of its first full year investigating accusations of wrongdoing among black caucus members.

A resolution introduced late last week by Representative Marcia L. Fudge, Democrat of Ohio, and co-sponsored by 19 other black caucus members, would prohibit the release of most investigative reports prepared by the Office of Congressional Ethics. It would also prevent the office from initiating its own inquiries, unless a sworn complaint was filed by an individual with personal knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing.

snip... “This will gut and render impotent the Office of Congressional Ethics,” said Norman J. Ornstein, an ethics expert at the American Enterprise Institute who lobbied for the creation of the office two years ago. “It is a pretty good working definition of chutzpah.”

The office, which is run by a former Justice Department prosecutor and overseen by an independent board, has investigated at least eight members of the Congressional Black Caucus. After it investigates, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct has the responsibility of formally deciding if any rules have been broken.

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A spokesman for the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who lobbied other members to create the office, said she had no comment on the proposal by Ms. Fudge.

A spokeswoman for Representative Barbara Lee, a California Democrat and chairwoman of the black caucus, did not respond to a request for comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: blackcaucus; cbc; congress; corruption; crooksincongress; ethics; marcialfudge
They are a laughing stock...
1 posted on 06/02/2010 4:22:41 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy

All the more reason to keep the heat ON! Drag ‘em out IN CHAINS!


2 posted on 06/02/2010 4:25:40 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: ZULU; wagglebee; neverdem; nmh; Justice Seeker; SunkenCiv; blam; aculeus; thefactor; NYer; ...

The most ethical House of Representatives in history, ping...


3 posted on 06/02/2010 4:25:51 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Pharmboy

Dare I say it....... oh fudge!


4 posted on 06/02/2010 4:26:26 AM PDT by Lockbox
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To: Pharmboy

Thugs, racists, and parasites.


5 posted on 06/02/2010 4:26:58 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Pharmboy
“They are a laughing stock...”

Yes, but they eat at fine restaurants, have chauffeurs and tons of support staff, have their travel paid for, can send their children to the best private schools, and have the power to reach into all of our pockets to take what they need to pay off those who vote for them. I'm not feeling too smug at the moment.

6 posted on 06/02/2010 4:26:59 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Hopefully we are witnessing the end of this bunch of corrupt parasites...white and black and everything in between. We will—I predict—feel a bit more smug on November 3.


7 posted on 06/02/2010 4:29:13 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Pharmboy

Substitute the word white for black in the story and read it again.


8 posted on 06/02/2010 4:32:01 AM PDT by linn37 ( "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Pharmboy

Gee, Fudge

Wonder why you would say all of this ...


9 posted on 06/02/2010 4:33:20 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Pharmboy

The first action of a Republican Congress should be the re dissolution of the racist Black Caucus.

All are professional racists, they make a living being black. They must be literally thrown out of the capitol


10 posted on 06/02/2010 4:35:48 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: Pharmboy

11 posted on 06/02/2010 4:40:04 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: bert

The Black Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus are both racist organisations.

Asking an official investigative body to not be allowed to expose their corrupt practices is the height of arrogance and deceit.

Still: even after their corruption is exposed, nothing will be done because they are minorities.

They got elected because their districts were either gerrymandered or overwhelmingly black and their only competence is that they are professional race baiters.


12 posted on 06/02/2010 4:43:36 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Pimps and Hos Caucus!


13 posted on 06/02/2010 4:49:45 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Pharmboy

Corruptocrats. These are the same members of Congress who howl whenever there’s a whiff of a Republican scandal.


14 posted on 06/02/2010 4:52:05 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Forty years of electing leftist fools to Congress have culminated in Nancy Pelosi.)
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To: Pharmboy

Ms. Fudge?


15 posted on 06/02/2010 4:53:03 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: linn37
Substitute the word white for black in the story and read it again.

Good point. It might very well pass.

The black caucus is full of sleazy dingbats and taking the brunt of this Office's efforts this year, but there are many white Congressmen who would like to avoid the heat in the future.

I also wonder if Ms. Fudge thinks the Office is racist because of the inequality of results, just as many think the criminal justice system racist because a higher percentage of blacks are convicted (regardless of the crime commission statistics).

16 posted on 06/02/2010 4:53:39 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pharmboy

Gerrymandered districts have sent some of the most stupid,corrupt people imaginable to position of power.


17 posted on 06/02/2010 5:13:03 AM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Pharmboy

Rulebreakers don’t care much for rules, or enforcement for that matter.


18 posted on 06/02/2010 5:14:44 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: linn37
"Substitute the word white for black in the story and read it again."

An interesting point, but you can't get past the first sentence. A "white caucus" would never be allowed.

19 posted on 06/02/2010 5:17:46 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: Pharmboy

The perfectly named Marci Fudge wants to define deviancy down.


20 posted on 06/02/2010 5:29:16 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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To: Pharmboy

RACISTS NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED AND PROSECUTED!

LLS


21 posted on 06/02/2010 5:29:19 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: Pharmboy

And they see nothing wrong in this...

It’s bizarro world moment #53452 since Barry took office. If the GOP leadership suggested such a thing, the media would personally string and tie the slipknots as they streamed live video from the trees.


22 posted on 06/02/2010 5:30:27 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Home Depot should begin stocking up on pitchforks and torches.)
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To: Pharmboy
“We will—I predict—feel a bit more smug on November 3.”

I really, really hope you are right..

23 posted on 06/02/2010 5:30:34 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Pharmboy
Do you really think that any of them will actually be prosecuted?

I don't.

24 posted on 06/02/2010 5:38:53 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: Pharmboy
They were welfare cheats as children now they want to continue their cheating ways with impunity. Term limits is the only answer, get rid of the morons to make room for new ones.
25 posted on 06/02/2010 5:44:51 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: Pharmboy
Crooks saying

"Don't investigate me, Bro!"

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Our government has become a caricature of itself.

26 posted on 06/02/2010 5:46:40 AM PDT by MamaTexan (Dear GOP - "We Suck Less" is ~NOT~ a campaign platform)
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To: MamaTexan

Great comment and tag line...you go, girl!


27 posted on 06/02/2010 6:08:25 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Pharmboy

“A resolution introduced late last week by Representative Marcia L. Fudge, Democrat of Ohio”

Bringing a new sense to the phrase “Fudging Data”.


28 posted on 06/02/2010 7:45:47 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: Venturer

gerrymandered


29 posted on 06/02/2010 8:00:54 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Minn

Gerrymandered districts have sent some of the most stupid, corrupt people imaginable to position of power.

Yeah

And Guam is tipping over

so let’s watch out .........


30 posted on 06/02/2010 8:02:10 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Pharmboy

They shouldn’t be subject to the same ethics laws as everyone else because they’re black? Any governing body that has the ability to give themselves raises out of taxpayer money should always be held to a high standard. I don’t care if they’re black, white, brown or purple polk-a-dot.


31 posted on 06/02/2010 9:30:52 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Minn
Gerrymandered districts have sent some of the most stupid,corrupt people imaginable to position of power.

Case in point: my congresscritter, Queen Sheila Jackson-Lee. Never saw a racist or communist bill she couldn't support, still looking for where the astronauts were on Mars.

32 posted on 06/02/2010 11:19:17 AM PDT by jimt
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To: Pharmboy

It would be funny if not so sad.


33 posted on 06/02/2010 11:33:41 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: Pharmboy

Black, white, red, brown....pink polka dots...I could give a flip...They ALL need sunlight shown on them...!!


34 posted on 06/02/2010 11:53:43 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Pharmboy; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Give ‘em a breeak. What choice did they have, since they were already in violation? ;’) Thanks Pharmboy.


35 posted on 06/02/2010 4:42:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

It's Ethic, not Ethnic...besides...when you got to prison...you'll be able to catch up with all your family and friends...

36 posted on 06/02/2010 4:51:46 PM PDT by bigheadfred (If I've said it once, I've said it a million times...)
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