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  • 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
    NY Post ^ | MELANIE SLOAN
    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
    NationalJournal.com ^ | 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...
  • Who said it today? “What I did or did not [do] is being investigated by a committee by me.”

    03/19/2009 6:23:51 PM PDT · by slomark · 5 replies · 500+ views
    [Guess who], March 19, 2009 on CNBC Squawkbox We sincerely hope you get to the bottom of what you did or didn’t do. The American people are lucky to have a dedicated dependable deplorable public servant like you in Washington, DC. Well, did you guess it before you clicked?
  • (Corrupt Dem Alert): HOTSHOT (Charlie) RANGEL DISSED HIS MRS.

    10/05/2008 10:45:05 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 16 replies · 1,534+ views
    www.nypost.com ^ | October 5, 2008 | SUSAN EDELMAN and ISABEL VINCENT
    HOTSHOT RANGEL DISSED HIS MRS. By SUSAN EDELMAN and ISABEL VINCENT October 5, 2008 -- Alma Rangel is a loyal and supportive wife who was scorned and dumped after her husband found new success, her lawyer told The Post. Just a month after he took the reins of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee last year, Rep. Charles Rangel accused his wife of "cruel and inhuman treatment" and "constructive abandonment," which refers to a lack of sexual intimacy, in divorce papers. Stunned and heartbroken, Alma decided to wage battle against her powerful hubby of 42 years, disputing his alleged...
  • Feinstein Conflict Allegations 'Aren't Going Away,' Watchdogs Say

    06/24/2007 7:53:29 PM PDT · by Francis · 14 replies · 858+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | Fred Lucas
    Feinstein Conflict Allegations 'Aren't Going Away,' Watchdogs Say By Fred Lucas CNSNews.com Staff Writer May 08, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein may have had as much of a financial interest in two defense contractors as her husband who controlled them, according to California law. The state's "community property law" could be relevant at a time when the senior Democratic senator from California is facing allegations of a conflict of interest and growing calls for an inquiry. Feinstein stepped down late last year from the Senate Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on military construction (MILCON) after five years on the panel. The...
  • Editorial: Is Pelosi serious about cleaning up the House?

    01/02/2007 9:56:46 AM PST · by george76 · 49 replies · 2,390+ views
    There is so much wrong with the Conyers situation that Pelosi shouldn’t have to think twice about nixing Conyers’ chairmanship. Let us look at how the Conyers scandal epitomizes the ethics mess in the House: First, releasing its report late on Friday before the New Year’s holiday weekend made it clear that the House “Ethics” Committee intended to minimize public understanding of the Conyers scandal. This is classic Washington Establishment manipulation of the news cycle to insulate itself against public accountability. Second, Conyers responded to the “Ethics” committee by “accepting responsibility” for a “lack of clarity” in asking aides to...
  • Mark Foley Investigation

    10/12/2006 4:21:26 AM PDT · by TexKat · 103 replies · 2,390+ views
    WVVA ^ | 10/12/06
    A former aide to Florida congressman Mark Foley will go before investigators today. Mark Foley's former chief of staff Kirk Fordham will testify today before the house ethics committee. Fordham says he warned house speaker Dennis Hastert's staff three years ago of Foley's inappropriate conduct toward pages. Hastert has denied knowing of Foley's conduct before the end of september and has said anyone involved in a coverup should lose their job.
  • Ethics Committee OKs lobby firm payout to appropriations aide

    09/21/2006 1:17:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 198+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/21/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON The House ethics committee has approved a $2 million payout from a lobbying firm to a top Appropriations Committee staffer. The lobbying firm's ties to Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., are under federal investigation. Jeff Shockey got $1.96 million in severance payments when he left Washington-based Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton, & White early last year to become deputy staff director of the Appropriations Committee. The payments have been criticized by government watchdog groups because Copeland, Lowery, which specializes in helping clients that want federal funding for projects, frequently lobbies the Appropriations Committee. "It appears that the terms of your...
  • (Peter Paul and Hillary) Senate Ethics Committe Answers My Inquiry - the coverup continues unabated

    08/17/2006 1:32:03 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 13 replies · 828+ views
    Letter from chief counsel ^ | 8-17-06 | Doug from Upland
    About a month or so ago, I sent a facsimile to the office of the Senate Ethics Committee. This response was dated July 31, but must have been at my box within the last several days. The last time I had checked it was about five days ago. I tried to present some evidence regarding Hillary's role in the campaign finance fraud of 2000 that is the subject of our film, INDICTING HILLARY. I expressed the willingness of the man with all the knowledge and documents ---- THE DONOR, PETER PAUL ---- to come before the committee and testify. The...
  • FACSIMILE TO SENATOR VOINOVICH AND ETHICS COMMITTEE CHIEF COUNSEL REGARDING HILLARY CLINTON SCANDAL

    06/20/2006 11:31:10 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 41 replies · 1,462+ views
    HillCAP.org/DFU ^ | 6-20-06 | Doug from Upland
    FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION From: (name and contact info) To: Senator George Voinovich, Attn Doug Dziak fax 202.228.1382 cc Robert Walker, Chief Counsel, Ethics Committee fax 202.224.7416 Date: 6-20-06 Re: Sen. Hillary Clinton ethics complaint Senator Voinovich, as researcher, writer, and co-producer of a documentary film regarding the Senator Hillary Clinton finance scandal perpetrated in 2000 and continuing to this day, I was shocked that your committee concluded that she had done nothing wrong. Sir, I appreciate the fact that you are very busy doing the people’s business, and it is probably not your fault that you were not presented with all...
  • ACU Files Ethics Complaint Against Harry Reid

    05/19/2005 3:51:22 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies · 897+ views
    ACU News ^ | May 19, 2005
    Advocacy Group Says Minority Leader Guilty of Gross Violation: Leahy and Levin Also Named ALEXANDRIA, VA - The American Conservative Union, the nations oldest and largest conservative grassroots organization, yesterday filed an ethics complaint against Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The complaint comes in response to Sen. Reid's May 12th reference to judicial nominee Henry Saad's confidential FBI file on the floor of the United States Senate. "Henry Saad would have been filibustered anyway…," said Reid on the floor of the Senate. "All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report...
  • McDermott first up for ethics panel

    05/16/2005 1:22:56 AM PDT · by kingattax · 13 replies · 736+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | May 16, 2005 | James G. Lakely
    When the partisan impasse over rules and procedures on the House ethics committee ends, the first member to face the panel won't be House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, but rather Democrat Jim McDermott of Washington. The Seattle-area congressman, one of the most vocal critics of Republicans, has been under investigation by the panel since last year over his role nearly nine years ago in the illegal taping and distribution of a phone conversation involving then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich.A federal court already has determined, for a civil lawsuit against Mr. McDermott, that the liberal lawmaker illegally distributed the tape, a judgment...
  • DeLay investigation triggering 'ethics war'

    05/03/2005 1:49:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies · 1,208+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 3, 2005 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    WASHINGTON - A timely photo op with President Bush and a tribute at the Capitol Hilton next week signal how seriously official Washington is taking the next round of ethics investigations around embattled House leader Tom DeLay. It's an investigation that the House majority leader says he welcomes, to clear his name. But it's also threatening to engulf other members of Congress, as opposition researchers for both parties plunge into member disclosure forms in search of lapses. The looming ethics war could write a new chapter in an long-running story of money, power, and boundary lines in Washington. Congress has...
  • Democrats vow to keep blocking ethics committee

    04/15/2005 2:56:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies · 1,105+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2005 | Charles Hurt
    Democrats said yesterday that they will continue to block the House ethics committee from meeting — leaving Majority Leader Tom DeLay under a cloud of ethics accusations — because of their opposition to new ethics panel rules passed by the full House. They insisted, however, that their stalling was not aimed at Mr. DeLay, who charged Wednesday that the Democrats' action was a partisan move also intended to protect a Democratic congressman involved in the illegal taping of a Republican member's cell-phone conversation. ..."This is the Democrats' agenda," Mr. DeLay said Wednesday. "They don't have an agenda." Mr. Mollohan said...
  • House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) today released the following statement:

    10/07/2004 3:06:47 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 23 replies · 930+ views
    NROTC ^ | 10/7/04 | Tom Delay
    DeLay Statement on Unanimous Dismissal of Bell Complaint WASHINGTON- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) today released the following statement: "The Ethics Committee has done the right thing in dismissing Mr. Bell's embellished allegations with bipartisan unanimity. While the allegations were dismissed, I accept the Committee's guidance. Mr. Bell displayed contempt for Congress by manipulating the ethics process in pursuit of his personal vendetta, and today's dismissal says more about Mr. Bell's conduct than it does about anything else. "The Committee was forced to complete its work in a highly divisive atmosphere fostered by politically motivated individuals and entities who...
  • Kerry Won't Be Punished For Senate Absence (by the Ethics Committee)

    08/02/2004 6:52:16 AM PDT · by jmstein7 · 38 replies · 1,194+ views
    Talon News ^ | 8-02-04 | Jeff Gannon
    The Senate Ethics Committee rejected a complaint filed against Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) for continuing to draw a paycheck despite having missed most of the legislative session this year while campaigning for president. At the time of the filing, Kerry had voted only 14 times out of the Senate's 112 votes this year. Secretary of the Senate Emily Reynolds was also named in the complaint, citing her responsibility to enforce the federal statute that requires she make deductions from a senator's paycheck for absence. In a letter to American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene, Reynolds refused to enforce the statute...
  • The Verdict Is In: Senate Ethics Committee REFUSES to Enforce Salary Law Against Kerry!

    07/29/2004 5:00:42 PM PDT · by jmstein7 · 78 replies · 2,554+ views
    FR ^ | 7-29-04
    Well, the Ethics Committee has finally responded to the Ethics complaint against Kerry and the Secretary of the Senate.Here is their letter:As you see, the Senate Ethics Committee has refused to enforce a statute passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President (in August of 1996).  If they don't like it, they have to REPEAL it; you can't just decide not to enforce a clear, unambiguous statute!You can let them hear about it tomorrow at 202-224-2981.
  • Sen. Shelby Probe Referred to Ethics Panel

    07/24/2004 8:11:13 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 14 replies · 714+ views
    AP | Sunday July 25, 2004 3:46 AM | CURT ANDERSON
    Sen. Shelby Probe Referred to Ethics Panel Sunday July 25, 2004 3:46 AM AP Photo NY114 By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has referred to the Senate Ethics Committee an investigation into whether Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama or his staff leaked classified information, indicating that criminal charges are highly unlikely, a federal law enforcement official said Saturday. The referral Thursday means that it is now up to the ethics panel to decide if any action is warranted against Shelby, a Republican who was vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time...
  • Kerry, Senate Secretary Facing Ethics Complaint

    06/17/2004 6:21:22 AM PDT · by jmstein7 · 143 replies · 543+ views
    Talon News ^ | 6-17-04 | Jeff Gannon
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) met with Secretary of the Senate Emily Reynolds Wednesday to discuss ethics complaints stemming from his prolonged absence from the legislative body while he campaigns for president. Kerry and Reynolds were spotted by Congressional staffers slipping into one of the many antechambers of the Capitol where the pair likely reviewed options for dealing with the complaints filed against both of them. A complaint filed by Hofstra law student Jonathan Stein accuses Reynolds of willfully violating a federal statute that requires her to make deductions from Kerry's Senate paycheck for his absences. Kerry is...
  • (John)Conyers (D-RAT, MI) faces House probe

    04/09/2004 6:46:55 AM PDT · by Kieri · 10 replies · 102+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | 04/09/04 | Deb Price
    <p>WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee has launched an informal inquiry into whether U.S. Rep. John Conyers and his aides improperly conducted campaign activities out of his congressional office in Detroit, his lawyer confirmed Thursday.</p> <p>“I can tell you we’ve cooperated with the committee by giving them information they requested,” said Stan Brand, a high-profile Washington attorney who has represented many politicians facing ethics inquiries.</p>
  • Pressure Mounting to Ensure Ethical Behavior in the House

    03/20/2004 6:32:49 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 6 replies · 158+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3-20-04 | CARL HULSE
    WASHINGTON, March 20 — The ability of the House of Representatives to police itself is coming under increasing scrutiny, with critics saying the in-house ethics system is failing even as accusations of misconduct mount. Eight Washington watchdog groups have banded together to urge House leaders to change the ethics rules to allow outsiders again to file complaints. The groups say the House is suffering from an ethics crisis due to an unwillingness by lawmakers to bring their own formal accusations against their colleagues. "Nobody on the outside can bring a complaint, nobody on the inside will bring a complaint, and...
  • Did Anyone Watch C-Span Washington Journal this A.M?

    01/28/2004 10:48:20 AM PST · by Newfy · 4 replies · 128+ views
    Ethics Committee to ban House & Senate reps family members from working for a lobbyist. Being pursued by Harry Reid (D-Nevada) who's two sons and son-in-law work for a lobbyists. Tom Daschle's wife Linda is also a big-time lobbyist for the airline industry.
  • N.J. Sen. Torricelli to Testify

    07/21/2002 11:39:05 PM PDT · by Ready2go · 4 replies · 412+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Friday, July 19, 2002 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Torricelli will testify under oath to the Senate ethics committee in its investigation of allegations he accepted gifts from a New Jersey businessman in return for official favors. The closed-door appearance Monday will mark the first time the New Jersey Democrat will answer committee questions regarding allegations made by now-jailed businessman David Chang. In January, the U.S. attorney's office in New York dropped its criminal investigation of Torricelli's finances, his fund-raising practices and his relationship with Chang, and referred the matter to the Senate ethics panel. Torricelli, up for re-election in November, denies the allegations. Torricelli...