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  • Ethics panel confirms Rep. Grayson under review

    02/22/2016 1:14:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 22, 2016 | Cristina Marcos
    Greg Nash The House Ethics Committee publicly acknowledged Monday it is conducting a review into Florida Senate candidate Rep. Alan Grayson. In a statement, the panel said it will issue a decision on whether to open a formal investigation into Grayson's activities by April 5. If the committee decides not to proceed with an investigation, it must release the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) report on the case. Grayson's management of a hedge fund while serving as a member of Congress has been looming over the Aug. 30 Senate Democratic primary. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) earlier this...
  • With Boehner Going, Ethics Committee Must Release Azerbaijan Junket Report

    09/25/2015 9:46:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    John Boehner’s Speakership was a setback for Congressional ethics. He backslid on a number of important reforms, and helped to return the Ethics Committee to its traditional role of covering up wrongdoing by incumbent members of Congress. Boehner ally Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA), the Chairman of the Ethics Committee, is currently orchestrating a whitewash of apparent House rules violations related to a junket by ten House members to Azerbaijan in 2013. On July 31, the Ethics Committee announced that it had found “no evidence” that broke House rules. It plans “no further action regarding this matter and considers it...
  • US Rep. Rob Andrews of NJ resigning after 23 years

    02/04/2014 2:38:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2014 4:12 PM EST | Geoff Mulvihill
    U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews announced Tuesday that he is resigning from Congress after more than 23 years, a decision that could short-circuit a House Ethics Committee inquiry into whether the New Jersey Democrat used campaign donations for personal purposes. Andrews, who previously aspired to higher office, said the inquiry was not a factor is his resignation, which is effective Feb. 18. He is taking a job running the governmental affairs unit of a Philadelphia law firm where his wife has worked. …
  • Senator Menendez likes his hookers young and new to the trade

    03/03/2013 9:15:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/3/13 | George Spelvin
    “That senator likes the youngest and newest girls,” said a young Dominican Republic hooker as she described in detail what allegedly went on at sex parties involving Miami ophthalmologist and high-dollar campaign donor Salmon Melgen and New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. Of course Menendez is denying everything, something not difficult to do with the majority of the mainstream media covering up for the liberal democrat. When she heard the code word “chocolate,” a young sex worker said she and other females knew they were being summoned to various homes. She even preserved the phone number from which the...
  • Countrywide Probe is Chance for Ethics Committee to do 'Something Significant'

    12/21/2011 9:21:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 21, 2011 | NLPC Staff
    It appears that four current members of the United States House of Representatives received loans via the VIP program of Countrywide Financial Corporation. Once again the motives of the former giant mortgage institution have been brought into question. Where they trying to peddle influence with these loans? Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and he has been investigating the VIP program for a number years. Issa reportedly learned about the four loans after issuing a subpoena to Bank of America. Countrywide was purchased by Bank of America in 2008 and...
  • Case of Jesse Jackson, Jr. is Test for House Ethics Commitee (Holder punted)

    10/25/2011 9:31:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 25, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    Last week, the United States House of Representatives Ethics Committee voted to end its temporary deferral of a case against Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL). The US Justice Department had requested the deferral but has since withdrawn that request. The case had been deferred for over two years. Jackson, the son of Rev. Jesse Jackson, is in his ninth term in the US House and is under investigation for allegations that he attempted to buy the open US Senate seat that was vacated by President Barack Obama. It has been reported that Jackson's supporters were willing to raise $1.5...
  • Ethics Committee (Finally) Staffs Up Amid Trial Delays

    07/07/2011 9:08:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 7, 2011 | Kristen Byrne
    Last week's announcement by the House Ethics Committee that it is investigating Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), a year after questions about his finances were in the headlines, has put the spotlight back on the Committee's ability to do its job.The Committee recently hired 10 new and internal counsels, bumping their staff up to 23 members. But even with the beefed-up staff, the status of other, more high profile cases, is still unknown.It's taken about seven months for the Ethics Committee to hire new staffers since the chief counsel staff director resigned and two senior counsels were placed on administrative...
  • Boehner taps Alabama Republican to lead ethics committee in GOP House

    12/29/2010 1:05:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 29, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    Incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has tapped Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) to be chairman of the ethics committee in the GOP-led House. In his announcement, Boehner said Bonner is “widely respected” on both sides of the aisle and has a “deep appreciation for the importance of both ethics education and enforcement in the House.” “The American people have every right to expect the highest standards of ethical conduct from their elected leaders, and it is important for members of both the majority and the minority to work together to ensure that such standards are observed and respected at all times...
  • Ethics Comm. Chair Derails Probe To Help Maxine Waters (Zoe Lofgren)

    12/21/2010 1:54:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 21, 2010
    A few weeks after the House Ethics Committee mysteriously and abruptly cancelled its high-profile trial of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, evidence has surfaced to indicate that the panel’s chairwoman has been unscrupulously steering the investigation to help her fellow California Democrat.Ethics Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren has indefinitely suspended two key investigators with no explanation, obstructed hers staffs’ probes on Waters and repeatedly refused to approve requests to subpoena Waters and Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat also embroiled in her corruption scandal. Incidentally, both Frank and Waters made Judicial Watch’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” list this year. Waters has been...
  • Did Barney Frank Conceal Evidence in Ethics Investigation?

    12/03/2010 7:50:31 PM PST · by NanMan · 35 replies
    Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) is frustrated that her ethics investigation has been suspended – shortly before she was supposed to face an investigative hearing to look at the charges against her. The pause came abruptly in October, when investigators of the House Ethics Committee discovered a critical piece of information – an E-mail from Waters’s Chief of Staff – that had not been turned over to committee investigators. Now – according to the Washington Post – investigators are trying to determine why the E-mail was not discovered until after the formal investigation had concluded
  • Turn Issa Loose

    11/16/2010 5:19:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 16, 2010 | Staff
    Ethics: You may never have heard of Rep. Darrell Issa, but you will soon. Republicans have tasked him with cleaning up four years of Democratic misrule and misconduct. It's a big job, but somebody simply must do it. For proof, look no further than Tuesday's dirty debacle with Rep. Charles Rangel, who walked out of a congressional hearing before being found guilty by the House ethics committee on 11 of 13 charges of misconduct. Democrats were keen to rid themselves of this scandal before the GOP takes over in January. That let them control the outcome while pretending to be...
  • Rangel's race ruse

    08/22/2010 3:26:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 22, 2010 | Editorial
    Once upon a time, patriotism was said to be the last refuge of the scoundrel. Today, it’s racism. Or, more accurately, manufactured claims of racism. Take Charlie Rangel, for example. The embattled Harlem Democrat has further sullied his tattered reputation by implying that his troubles are racially motivated. He told CNN last week, “I think that the numbers look odd in terms of the number of African-Americans that have been brought before the [House Ethics] committee.” Yes, the panel has investigated eight Congressional Black Caucus members over the last two years. But five of them (including Rangel) were part of...
  • House ethics chair a job that's gotten tougher

    08/15/2010 9:25:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/15/10 | John Diaz
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from San Jose, knew she had one of the toughest assignments in Washington when Speaker Nancy Pelosi called just before President Obama's 2009 inauguration. Pelosi, who had famously pledged to create "the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history," wanted Lofgren to chair the House ethics panel, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. "She called me at home," Lofgren recalled. "I don't remember her exact words, but she said it was something important to do, she thought I would do it well and she needed me." Lofgren asked...
  • Ethics details charges against Maxine Waters (OCE)

    08/02/2010 12:25:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 6+ views
    Politico ^ | August 2, 2010 | Jonathan Allen & John Bresnahan
    An independent ethics office accused Rep. Maxine Waters of violating House conflict-of-interest rules by intervening on behalf of a minority-owned bank in which her husband held $250,000 worth of stock, according to a report released Monday by the House ethics committee as part of its preparation for a "trial" of the California Democrat. The report, written in August 2009 by the Office of Congressional Ethics, became the basis of a full-scale investigation of Waters by the ethics committee. A special bipartisan investigative panel of the committee has found "substantial reason to believe" that Waters violated House rules. Waters, the number...
  • Wait! There's even more dirt on Rangel

    07/27/2010 2:26:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 25 replies · 2+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 27, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON -- Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel said yesterday that investigators have unearthed new allegations of misconduct against him, while House Democratic leaders increased the pressure on him to reach a settlement before a congressional trial starts Thursday. "We waited almost two years, and they finally investigated, and guess what -- they have some more alleged violations," Rangel said. The embattled pol did not reveal whether the latest accusations were previously unknown to the public or were related to the original charges that prompted the probe by the House Ethics Committee. The alleged misdeeds include Rangel using House stationery to solicit...
  • NLPC Complaint Alleges Rep. Gregory Meeks Got Sweetheart Deal on Home (26p complaint-pdf)

    03/21/2010 8:04:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 739+ views
    NLPC ^ | March 21, 2010 | Ken Boehm
    On Friday, NLPC asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) for paying $830,000 for a newly-built home in 2006 that was worth more than $1.2 million. The home was built by Robert Gaskin, a contractor who does work on numerous projects for which Meeks has secured taxpayer funds. Click here to download a 26-page pdf of the Complaint. Classified a “mansion” by the City of New York, the Queens home has about 6,000 square feet, meaning that Meeks paid $138 per square feet. That price is less than half the cost per square foot for homes...
  • Earmarks Forever--The House ignores Nancy Pelosi's board of outside ethics watchdogs.

    03/05/2010 5:59:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 526+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 6, 2010 | Editorial
    Just as the cherry blossoms arrive each spring around the capital's Tidal Basin, cases of Congressional ethics appear to be blooming everywhere in Washington. Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel's Ways and Means Chairmanship floated away this week. New York Congressman Eric Mass dropped his House seat via retirement ahead of sexual harassment allegations. But the most striking—and relevant—of all ethics cases is passing without notice. It's worth a close look. It involves earmarks, which everyone in America knows Congress has promised to clean up. Read the tale below, and discover how Congress assumes that the once-spectacular issue of earmark abuse can...
  • House doesn’t clean itself

    03/05/2010 3:22:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies · 527+ views
    Charlie Rangel’s decision to temporarily step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee does not signify an end to his ethics woes. More important, it doesn’t mean the House is finally taking ethics seriously. Rangel is just the latest poster child for misconduct: Not a season goes by without at least one member of Congress ducking down halls to dodge reporters’ questions about ethical transgressions. Indeed, even in this case, four other members took exactly the same Caribbean trip for which Rangel has been admonished, but were let off the hook. In a decision that defies logic,...
  • Ethics Panel Should Do Its Job (OCE causing heartburn)

    11/09/2009 8:22:33 AM PST · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 373+ views ^ | November 9, 2009 | Eliza Newlin Carney
    The House Ethics Committee Has Spent Too Much Time Sniping At Its Own Investigative Arm A simmering conflict between the House ethics committee and its fledgling investigative arm has escalated into open combat, prompting watchdogs to warn that lawmakers may be gearing up to kill the new Office of Congressional Ethics.Following the accidental leak on Oct. 29 of a 22-page ethics panel activity report, most news stories have trumpeted the more than 30 House members identified as apparently under investigation. These include at least seven lawmakers caught up in the panel's ongoing probe of defense earmarks and the now-defunct lobbying...
  • Believe it or NOT! ANOTHER Charlie Rangel Revelation

    09/02/2009 8:14:43 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 717+ views
    CBS News, Yidwithlid ^ | 9/2/09 | The Lid
    OMG ! ANOTHER Charlie Rangel Revelation If they ever try to set the scandals surrounding House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel to film, it will need more sequels than the Halloween series, and will probably be just as horrific. * In September he admitted a failure to report $75 thousand in taxes. * He was discovered taking a tax break for people whose primary residence was in Washington DC, but if his primary residence was in DC he couldn't be congressman representing NYC. And besides, he was occupying four rent controlled controlled apartments in New York, the rule is...