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  • Watchdog says Maxine Waters inciting 'mob violence,' presses ethics complaint

    07/05/2018 7:52:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 5, 2018 | Adam Shaw
    The head of a conservative watchdog group said Thursday that Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters is inciting "mob violence" with her call for protesters to confront Trump officials in public, as he urged a formal ethics investigation on Capitol Hill. "When you’re out there ... inciting mob violence against sitting Trump Cabinet members, that doesn’t obviously reflect credibly on the House," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told "Fox & Friends." "And the House has to decide whether they’re going to allow its members to use the House as a platform and its power and position to attack and incite violence." Judicial...
  • Weekly Update: JW Files Ethics Complaint Against Maxine Waters for Inciting Violence

    06/30/2018 8:17:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 29, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    Getting the Supreme Court Back on Track Federal Judge Slams Justice Department for Stonewalling on ‘Russiagate’ Judicial Watch Files Complaint Against Rep. Waters for Inciting Violence and Assaults Happy Independence Day! Getting the Supreme Court Back on Track We are pleased that Justice Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court will provide President Trump another opportunity to nominate a constitutional conservative who will honor the Constitution and the rule of law, rather than legislate from the bench. And the U.S. Senate should move quickly to work with President Trump to consider and approve a new justice who will apply the...
  • Weekly Update: JW Wins Capitol Hill Ethics Battle

    01/07/2017 11:08:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 6, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Calls On House to Retain Congressional Ethics Office JW Uncovers Another Obama Administration Email Scandal Jihadists Train, Plan U.S. Attack from Mexican Border State Premier Vodcast: Chris Farrell’s “On Watch” Investigative Report Judicial Watch Calls On House to Retain Congressional Ethics Office True to our non-partisan mission, nine years ago, we worked with then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Special Task Force on Ethics Enforcement to push for an independent body to help handle ethics investigations of House members. This effort led to the establishment in 2008 of the Office of Congressional Ethics. This week House Republicans proposed a rule...
  • With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

    01/02/2017 8:33:01 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 64 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 01/02/2017 | Eric Lipton
    WASHINGTON — House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail. The move to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics was not made public until late Monday, when Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that the House Republican Conference had approved the change. There was no advance notice or debate on the measure. The surprising vote came on the eve of the...
  • 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...
  • House Ethics Committee Investigating Rep. Michele Bachmann

    07/26/2013 9:33:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    CBS ^ | 7/26/13
    The House Ethics Committee is launching a full-tilt investigation of Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. The committee announced on Friday it had received a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative body, and said in a brief statement that it would formally investigate the one-time Republican presidential candidate. A lawyer for Bachmann had previously acknowledged the investigation by the OCE and said that Bachmann was cooperating. That probe is focused in part on her short-lived presidential bid.
  • Ethics Committee Can't Find Anything Wrong With Secret Loan From Fraudster to Rep. Gregory Meeks

    12/20/2012 3:15:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 20, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    Today the House Ethics Committee announced that it was taking no action against Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) who secretly took a $40,000 payment from an individual who subsequently pled guilty in a multi-million-dollar mortgage scam. In 2007, Meeks received $40,000 from a "businessman," Edul Ahmad. Under the Ethics in Government Act, Congressmen are required to disclose such financial transactions on their annual Financial Disclosure Reports. Meeks failed to disclose the transaction on his reports for 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the New York Daily News reported, "Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks made no payments for three years on a...
  • House ethics panel opens investigation of Democratic Rep. Reyes

    10/12/2012 2:49:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2012 | Jordy Yager
    The House Ethics Committee announced on Friday that it is investigating allegations against Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas). The secretive panel stated that after six weeks of investigating the lawmaker, it was moving to continue its probe until Nov. 28, 2012. The Ethics committee did not specify the nature of the alleged violations of House rules that it is probing in the case, but stressed that the extension of its investigation did not indicate that Reyes was guilty. The outside Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) board referred the case to the Ethics panel on Aug. 30. Reyes lost his Democratic primary...
  • 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...
  • Pelosi to reappoint same Dems to ethics board she created (OCE remains)

    01/19/2011 3:39:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2011 | Susan Crabtree
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will reappoint the same slate of Democratic members to an outside ethics board she created although she has yet to do so, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter. Pelosi and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) are each responsible for appointing four members to the Office of Congressional Ethics’s (OCE) board. The roster must be reappointed at the beginning of each Congress, and as of Wednesday afternoon Boehner had renamed the Republicans on the board but Pelosi had yet to reapprove her slate. The delay in reappointing the OCE board members has fueled...
  • Judicial Watch Statement in Defense of the Office of Congressional Ethics

    12/03/2010 11:53:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 3, 2010
    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement in a coalition press conference held today by 10 groups, including Judicial Watch, Taxpayers for Common Sense, National Taxpayers Union and a number of reform groups urging the incoming House leadership of the 112th Congress to continue the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and to oppose any efforts to weaken or undermine the office: I’m Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch is a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation which advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial...
  • Conservative & Taxpayer Groups Join Reformers in Push to Save Office of Congressional Ethics

    12/01/2010 2:12:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 1, 2010
    A coalition of 10 groups, including Judicial Watch, Taxpayers for Common Sense, National Taxpayers Union and a number of reform groups will hold a press conference Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to urge the incoming House leadership of the 112th Congress to continue the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and to oppose any efforts to weaken or undermine the office.The Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent nonpartisan investigative office in the House credited with pressuring the notoriously inactive House Ethics Committee to do its job.The groups will release research showing an increase in activity this Congress by the House...
  • Congressional Ethics: Wrangling With Rangel

    11/26/2010 10:55:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Ledger ^ | November 26, 2010 | Editorial
    Americans hate Congress, but love their congressmen. Sadly, the people with the power to take strong action against errant congressmen continue to let them give the institution a bad name. There was "clear and convincing evidence" gathered by the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct that Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., violated the U.S. Code, the Code of Ethics for Government Service, the congressional franking regulations and official House rules and codes.During the two-year investigation that led to the committee's findings, Rangel labeled his unethical actions as benign bookkeeping errors, accounting mistakes, misunderstandings and misrepresentations. In the case...
  • Despite watchdogs’ worry, some signs suggest GOP might keep ethics office

    11/22/2010 6:07:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 22, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    Emerging signs suggest Republicans may choose to keep the Office of Congressional Ethics despite worries voiced by watchdog groups that GOP leaders will try to ax it. Watchdogs remain nervous, and Democracy 21’s Fred Wertheimer sent House GOP Leader John Boehner (Ohio) a three-page letter Monday calling on him to keep the OCE to show the GOP is serious about not repeating the ethics mistakes of the previous Republican majority, then controlled by former Rep. Tom DeLay (Texas). But Republicans on Monday pushed back on a report that Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) asked the OCE to justify its existence three...
  • Maxine Waters’ Blame Game

    08/22/2010 12:10:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 22, 2010 | Doug Patton
    Just when it appears that no one could possibly get away with blaming former President George W. Bush for even one more thing, another crazed liberal Democrat exercises the right to do just that. The latest knee-jerk, Bush-bashing excuse came from none other than Rep. Maxine Waters, perhaps the second dumbest member of Congress, right after Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas. I know that it is terribly politically incorrect of me to notice their stupidity and race-baiting, since both of them are black and female—especially since they have so much competition in Congress from obtuse white men. But in 2010,...
  • Rep. Maxine Waters Says Ethics Office is 'Sloppy'

    08/20/2010 1:43:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 20, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    VIDEO 6:27 min. ABC News, OCE part starts at 5:40 min. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), charged with violating House ethics rules, said today on ABC’s Good Morning America that the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is "not very tight, they don't do very good work, rather sloppy work." Waters is accused of seeking federal funds to bail out a bank in which her husband was a stockholder.  She has denied breaking House rules. OCE should not be confused with the House Ethics Committee. OCE was established in 2008 in recognition of how poorly the Ethics Committee does its job. Comprised...
  • 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...
  • CREW Files Ethics Complaint Against NY Rep. Gregory Meeks

    07/13/2010 9:15:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Financial Post ^ | July 13, 2010 | News Release
    Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), alleging he violated federal law and House rules by accepting $40,000 from a New York businessman and failing to include it on his personal financial disclosure reports (PFDs). CREW’s complaint is based on a series of articles by the New York Daily News reporting that Rep. Meeks received $40,000 from Ed Ahmad in 2007. Although Rep. Meeks now calls the money a loan, he received the funds without offering collateral, and without an interest rate,...
  • Meeks-Supported Bill Would Curb Watchdog

    07/01/2010 3:03:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    Queens Tribune ^ | July 1, 2010 | Jessica Ablamsky
    A bill in Congress, co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), would restrain the very ethics panel that may be charged with investigating an alleged sweetheart deal for Meeks' Jamaica home. U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks is co-sponsoring a bill that would limit an ethics agency’s ability to publicize its investigations. In March, the National Legal and Policy Center issued a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics alleging that in 2006 Meeks got a sweetheart deal from the Dennis Organization for his newly-built mansion, paying $830,000 in October 2006 for a home that a year later was valued at $1.23...