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  • (Democrat, Cuyahoga/Cleveland) County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is arrested

    09/15/2010 5:34:31 AM PDT · by Jim from C-Town · 39 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | September 15, 2010 | Plain Dealer Staff
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- FBI agents arrested county Commissioner Jimmy Dimora early this morning. Witnesses at his home reported he was led out in handcuffs and chains. He arrived at the FBI building on Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland at 7:20 a.m. in a black Dodge Caravan. The arrest comes after a years-long investigation that most recently led to charges against former county auditor Frank Russo.
  • Waters’, Rangel’s (criminal) trials may be stalled till after Election Day

    09/13/2010 5:12:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/13/10 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Waters’, Rangel’s trials may be stalled till after Election DayBy Rachel Rose Hartman Mon Sep 13, 1:38 pm ET Critics and supporters alike have requested speedy House trials for Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel, who each face multiple House ethics charges. Yet watchdog groups tell the Hill it's unlikely that either case will be resolved before the Nov. 2 general election. "Both of these pending trials should have been concluded months ago," Craig Holman of Public Citizen told the Hill's Susan Crabtree. "The House ethics committee stumbled miserably in these cases, allowing them to be delayed and delayed,...
  • Boxer Tied to Dubious Waters Cash-for-Endorsement Scheme

    09/07/2010 12:02:15 PM PDT · by goldendays · 19 replies · 1+ views ^ | 09/07/10 | Capitol Confidential
    Boxer Tied to Dubious Waters Cash-for-Endorsement Scheme Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, has paid some $30,000 since 2004 for the endorsement of embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in the context of a scheme that critics charge is unethical and amounts to Waters using her political station to benefit her family members. According to the Washington Times, Waters “has turned political endorsements into a family business, using federal election laws to charge California candidates and political causes to include their names as her personal picks on a sample ballot, or ‘slate mailer,’ she sends to as...
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives (Democrat)

    08/29/2010 5:15:27 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 46 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/29/2010 | By TODD J. GILLMAN and CHRISTY HOPPE
    Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide's two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers' causes. The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money. And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member's district. Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week. Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated...
  • What will you do if the November elections are stolen? (Vanity)

    08/21/2010 7:32:54 AM PDT · by The Comedian · 93 replies
    The possible future as seen by The Comedian | 2010-08-21 | The Comedian
    As the November congressional elections approach, I couldn't help but wonder about the inevitable. We know that progressives have no morals, and their current political machine, the Democrat Party, has no boundaries which it will not cross for the sake of power. Given an unbounded quest for power by an immoral group, is there any doubt that they will engage in vote fraud to avoid the natural backlash of their socialist takeover of America?
  • Dan Rostenkowski dead at 82

    08/11/2010 2:16:13 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11 August 2010
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  • Top Dems to rally around Rangel at NY fundraiser

    08/11/2010 12:49:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/11/10 | BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer
    New York (AP) -- Rep. Charles Rangel forged ahead with plans for a fundraising gala on Wednesday night with Democratic luminaries including the governor, presumptive governor and both the state's U.S. senators on the guest list — not bad for a congressman steeping in a tempest of ethics charges. The event, tied to his 80th birthday, has emerged as a test of political loyalty to Rangel, the dean of the state's congressional delegation. It came a just day after he delivered an impassioned speech on the House floor insisting he would not resign despite the 13 charges pending against him.
  • Rep. Maxine Waters charged with three violations

    08/09/2010 4:40:59 PM PDT · by Justaham · 33 replies ^ | 8-9-10 | JONATHAN ALLEN & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    The House ethics committee released its formal charges against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Monday, accusing her of three counts of violating the letter and spirit of House rules and federal regulations by assisting a bank in which her husband owned stock. The 10-page "Statement of Alleged Violation" focuses on the actions of Waters and Mikael Moore, who is the congresswoman's chief of staff and her grandson, and tracks very closely with the year-old findings of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Waters is accused of improperly intervening on behalf of OneUnited, a minority-owned bank in which her husband held...
  • Democrat Maxine Waters Faces Ethic Investigation

    08/02/2010 2:39:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 6+ views
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 8/2/10 | Max Fisher
    WASHINGTON, DC – The House ethics committee has announced charges against Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Water, who is from California. Waters used her congressional authority to meet with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on behalf of the Massachusetts-based OneUnited bank, in which her husband, as a former director, owned $250,000 of stock. OneUnited eventually received $12 million in federal bailout funds Here's what people are saying so far about the case, which comes as fellow Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel is mired in his own ethics investigation.
  • Ethics cases raise racial questions (here we go again!)

    08/02/2010 1:21:28 PM PDT · by Justaham · 31 replies · 9+ views ^ | 8-2-10 | JOHN BRESNAHAN & JONATHAN ALLEN
    The politically charged decisions by veteran Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California to force public trials by the House ethics committee are raising questions about race and whether black lawmakers face more scrutiny over allegations of ethical or criminal wrongdoing than their white colleagues. The controversy over the cases and the prospect of the first simultaneous ethics trials for multiple members in more than 30 years mark the biggest challenge for the ethics committee’s and the House’s ability to police its own members since the mid-1990s, when then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and leaders from...
  • Ethics panel says Rep. Maxine Waters (D) broke House rules

    08/02/2010 12:25:51 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 50 replies · 9+ views
    WASHINGTON -- A House investigative panel has charged California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters with violating ethics rules. Waters, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, would face a trial in the fall unless she negotiates a settlement. If the case goes to trial, Democrats would have the political headache of two ethics trials - one for Waters and another for Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. ....
  • Ethics panel to charge California Rep. Waters

    07/30/2010 11:02:20 PM PDT · by PROCON · 87 replies · 3+ views
    AP ^ | July 31, 2010 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House investigative panel has decided to charge Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California with ethics violations, raising the possibility of a second high-profile political trial this fall. People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about unannounced charges, say the allegations could be announced next week. The House ethics committee declined Friday to make any public statement on the matter. Waters has been under investigation for a possible conflict of interest involving a bank that was seeking federal aid. Her husband owned stock in the bank.
  • Troubled Waters (Congressional Black Caucus corruption)

    08/02/2010 6:39:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 2+ views
    American Spectator ^ | August 2, 2010 | The Prowler
    Rep. Maxine Waters who may be facing a formal House of Representatives ethics trial over her activities on behalf of a bank, is just the most recent member of the Congressional Black Caucus to face such an investigation. Currently New York Rep. Charles Rangel is facing an ethics trial, following in the footsteps of ethically challenged Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson. Waters, the long-time Southern California representative, is, according to House sources, facing charges that she provided special access to OneUnited Bank, a Massachusetts based bank that is similar in its history to the notorious ShoreBank in Chicago. House officials say...
  • Obama wants Rangel to end career with dignity

    07/31/2010 7:25:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 30, 2010
    Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama hopes embattled New York congressman Charlie Rangel can end his career with dignity. "He's somebody who's at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens." Obama added.
  • Ethics panel to charge California Rep. Waters

    07/31/2010 6:33:59 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 42 replies · 4+ views
    The Washington Times (via AP) ^ | 07-31-10 | By Larry Margasak - Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could be facing an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the midterm election outlook for the party as it battles to hold onto its majority. People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about unannounced charges, say the allegations could be announced next week. The House ethics committee declined Friday to make any public statement on the matter. Waters, 71, has been under investigation for a possible conflict of interest involving a bank that was seeking federal aid. Her husband owned stock in the...
  • Rangel’s Day of Reckoning

    07/28/2010 6:01:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies · 2+ views ^ | July28,2010 | Rich Trzupek
    When Representative Charles Rangel goes on trial on Thursday it might be the first time that a sitting United States congressman has done so since Jim Traficant was convicted of bribery, racketeering and tax evasion in 2002. Rangel and Traficant are kindred spirits of a sort, for each exhibits the kind of imperious arrogance that Americans loathe, especially when it bubbles to the surface among their elected officials. The difference between the two is that Traficant played a bit part among Democrats eight years ago and it was thus easy for the party to wash its hands of him.
  • Charlie Rangel is Toast

    07/24/2010 7:07:53 AM PDT · by chickadee · 69 replies · 35+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 23, 2010 | Tunku Varadarajan
    There can be little doubt that Rangel—who has served a mind-boggling, and, for those concerned with standards of official conduct, depressing, 20 terms—is not going to be able to run for a 21st term. His career is now over. I predict that he will resign by, or on, Thursday of next week, the day on which the House Ethics Committee lays formal charges against him, charges which—if he contests them—will go to public trial. (The charges are, by now, so well known that they scarcely bear repeating: undeclared taxes on income from a beachfront villa in the Dominican Republic; the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: House Democrat calls on Rep. Charles Rangel to resign

    07/23/2010 6:38:27 PM PDT · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 132 replies · 7+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7-23-2010 | Shane D'Aprile
    EXCLUSIVE: House Democrat calls on Rep. Charles Rangel to resign By Shane D'Aprile In a major development, Rep. Betty Sutton (Ohio) on Friday night called on beleaguered Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign.
  • Will Charles Rangel Be Forced From Congress Before the Ethics Rules Change?

    07/23/2010 5:18:17 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 21 replies
    ChicoER ^ | 7/23/10 | Chuck Wolk
    After an 18-month investigation, Representative Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) faces a House trial in which eight members (four Democrats and four Republicans) will rule on the findings. The alleged violations are reported to include some most serious ever leveled against a sitting member of Congress. From misuse of rent-controlled apartments in New York City and failure to disclose income from a villa in the Dominican Republic to reports that he exchanged official favors - a tax loophole for oil driller Nabors Industries Ltd. - in exchange for a $1 million gift to the Charles Rangel Center at City College...
  • Ethics committee files charges against Rangel

    07/22/2010 1:42:21 PM PDT · by Justaham · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-22-10 | Ian Swanson
    <p>A House committee has filed ethics charges against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).</p> <p>The charges were announced in a statement from the chairwoman and ranking Republican on the House ethics committee.</p> <p>The statement said an investigative subcommittee had transmitted a “statement of alleged violation” against Rangel, and that the House ethics panel would set up subcommittee to determine whether any counts in the statement “have been proved by clear and convincing evidence and to make findings of fact.”</p>