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  • Rep. Sanchez to be ranking Democrat on House Ethics panel

    01/25/2011 12:06:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2011 | Susan Crabtree
    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has tapped Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) as the new ranking member on the House Ethics Committee. Sanchez replaces Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) who left the top Democratic slot after a turbulent tenure as chairwoman. Lofgren agreed to serve temporarily until Democrats could find a successor but had asked to step down as soon as possible. Sanchez, who became known for her tenacity while chairing a Judiciary subcommittee, is a fellow Californian and loyal supporter of Pelosi’s. She will serve opposite Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the panel for the last two years....
  • 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...
  • Ethics probe of Rep. Waters derailed by infighting, sources say

    12/17/2010 5:04:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | December 16, 2010 | R. Jeffrey Smith and Carol D. Leonnig
    A lengthy House investigationof Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been derailed by infighting within the politically charged ethics committee over errors in building a case against her, according to congressional sources with direct knowledge of the probe. The probe, opened in 2009, dissolved this fall and most likely will fall to a newly composed committee and possibly a new investigative staff, the sources said. The case - one of the most prominent ethics investigations undertaken by the committee - came apart as committee and staff members argued over whether documents should be subpoenaed and when the trial should be scheduled...
  • Maxine Waters: Another Congressperson with Ethics Problems

    12/12/2010 1:33:08 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 12, 2010 | Mychal Massie
    The Caucus blog reports that Maxine Waters, D-CA, who “has been under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegations that she helped steer government money to a bank in which her husband owned shares, is asking for an investigation into the committee that has been investigating her.” On Tuesday, Waters said she would introduce a resolution calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to appoint a bipartisan task force to investigate the ethics panel’s decision last month to place two of its lawyers on paid administrative leave. On Nov. 19, the day the committee announced it was delaying Waters’ trial,...
  • Maxine Waters Backs Off Call for Investigation of House Ethics Committee

    12/09/2010 2:02:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 9, 2010 | Alana Goodman
      Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has abandoned her efforts to launch an investigation of the House Ethics Committee, which announced it was indefinitely delaying its trial of the congresswoman in late November. Waters was charged over the summer with helping to steer $12 million in federal bailout funds to OneUnited Bank, a bank in which her husband held a considerable financial stake.On Tuesday, Waters introduced legislation that would create a bipartisan task force to investigate the trial cancelation, which she claims was halted because the ethics committee had insufficient evidence that she violated congressional rules. But today Waters backed...
  • (Committee lawyer) Suspensions Likely To Push Back Waters Ethics Trial Until 2011

    12/02/2010 12:20:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 12/01/10
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House ethics committee lawyers have been suspended, possibly ending any chance that Rep. Maxine Waters of California will get the ethics trial she has demanded this year.</p> <p>Waters was to go on trial before eight House members on Nov. 29.</p>
  • 2 House ethics attorneys suspended (includes lead attorney on Maxine Waters case)

    11/30/2010 7:19:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/30/10 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    2 House ethics attorneys suspendedBy JOHN BRESNAHAN Updated: 11/30/10 9:21 PM EST Two attorneys for the House ethics committee have been placed on indefinite “paid administrative leave” stemming from serious problems within the secretive panel. Morgan Kim, the deputy chief counsel and the lead attorney on the case of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), is one of the attorneys placed on leave, said several sources familiar with the controversy. Stacy Sovereign, another committee lawyer, was also put on leave, these sources said. Blake Chisam, the chief counsel and staff director for the ethics panel, initially sought to fire Kim and Sovereign...
  • Military: artillery sound from within North's territory, no shells land in southern waters(Nov26 pm)

    11/26/2010 1:02:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 11/26/10
    (LEAD) Military: artillery sound from within North's territory, no shells land in southern waters SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- The series of explosion sounds heard Friday on the border island attacked by North Korea earlier this week appear related to training within the North's territory, military officials said. No shells landed in waters on either side of the Koreas' Yellow Sea border or near Yeonpyeong Island, said Col. Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman at the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff. "The firing was not aimed at us, and we believe the sounds were heard as North Korea conducted its routine training...
  • U.S. aircraft carrier heads for Korean waters

    11/24/2010 10:35:37 AM PST · by Bokababe · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/24/10 | Jack Kim and Lee Jae-won
    (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft carrier group set off for Korean waters on Wednesday, a day after North Korea rained artillery shells on a South Korean island, in a move likely to enrage Pyongyang and unsettle its ally, China.....
  • Waters accuses Ethics of having weak case after calling off her trial

    11/19/2010 1:57:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/19/10 | Susan Crabtree and Jordan Fabian
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) accused the ethics committee of having a weak case that is unraveling after the panel abruptly canceled her upcoming public trial. “The committee’s decision to cancel the hearing and put it off indefinitely demonstrates that the committee does not have a strong case and would not be able to prove any violation has occurred,” she said in a lengthy statement reacting to Friday’s announcement.
  • Election mystery: Maxine Waters committee opposed new chief justice (w/ commie mailer)

    11/16/2010 9:57:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11/12/10 | Bob Egelko
    Election mystery: Maxine Waters committee opposed new chief justiceBy Bob Egelko November 12 2010 at 06:15 PM There were no surprises in the voters' decision Nov. 2 to retain every state Supreme Court and appellate justice on the ballot, nearly all with majorities of at least 2-1. Still, there's one small but baffling mystery related to the judicial election: a Democratic congresswoman's call for the defeat of Republican-appointed justices, including Chief Justice nominee Tani Cantil-Sakauye. Citizens for Waters, the slate mail committee affiliated with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, sent cards to her constituents in the heavily African American district...
  • Will Ethics Committee Investigate New Allegation Against Maxine Waters?

    11/15/2010 1:29:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 15, 2010 | Alana Goodman
    The House Ethics Committees says it wil take up its charges against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) following its trial of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY). But what exactly will it consider?Last August, the congresswoman was charged with violating House ethics rules, for allegedly helping to steer over $12 million in federal bailout funds to a bank in which her husband had a substantial financial stake. Investigators say that Rep. Waters violated conflict-of-interest rules when she set up a meeting between OneUnited Bank officials and the U.S. Treasury Department.In the interim, the Washington Times reported that Waters co-sponsored legislation that directly...
  • Ethics trials are looming for Democrats (Tax-cheat Charlie Rangel goes first - on Monday!)

    11/10/2010 4:57:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/10/10 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Ethics trials are looming for DemocratsBy Rachel Rose Hartman – Wed Nov 10, 3:56 pm ET After stunning election losses, and amid potentially disastrous leadership wars, Democrats are preparing to deal with some more bad news: Two senior House members are facing ethics trials. Later this month, House judicial proceedings begin for Reps. Charlie Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California. Rangel's first day of hearings is Monday. What's more, Rangel has indicated that he may represent himself, all but ensuring that his trial will garner extensive media attention--pretty much the last thing that Democratic leaders want. Rangel,...
  • Some question whether lawmaker (Chandler RAT-KY) trying Maxine Waters can be impartial

    11/09/2010 4:38:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/08/10 | Susan Crabtree
    Some question whether lawmaker trying Waters can be impartialBy Susan Crabtree - 11/08/10 05:00 AM ET A jury of her peers will decide whether Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) violated House ethics rules, but some are questioning the ability of at least one of the members to remain impartial. Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), who sits on the adjudicatory panel that will weigh the allegations against Waters late this month, won reelection by just 600 votes, according to The Associated Press. His opponent, Andy Barr, is refusing to concede and has asked for a recanvass. If Chandler wins, it would be by...
  • Lobbyist paid $15K to Maxine Waters' husband--Bill would have benefited client

    11/07/2010 6:33:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 7, 2010 | Chuck Neubauer
    A lobbyist known as one of California's most successful power brokers while serving as a legislative leader in that state paid Rep. Maxine Waters' husband $15,000 in consulting fees at a time she was co-sponsoring legislation that would help save the real-estate finance business of one of the lobbyist's best-paying clients, records show. Ms. Waters' husband, Sidney Williams, a former pro football player and ambassador to the Bahamas, was a paid consultant on a Los Angeles lobbying project for Mike Roos, who served with Ms. Waters in the California State Assembly. During Mr. Roos' 14-year tenure, he held the posts...
  • Muddy Waters: Maxine Waters, Barney Frank abuse taxpayer $$

    11/05/2010 2:06:26 PM PDT · by bridgemanusa · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at 3:22 PM ET | Bethany McLean
    On Nov. 29, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., will face a House ethics trial for the role she allegedly played in helping a minority-owned bank called OneUnited—a bank in which her husband owned a sizable stake and on whose board he'd once sat—get $12 million in the 2008 bank bailout. Had OneUnited failed, the ethics committee that brought the charges alleges, Waters' husband's "financial interest in OneUnited would have been worthless." The ethics committee alleges that Waters' chief of staff and grandson, Mikael Moore, was "actively involved" in helping OneUnited and that Waters' "failure to instruct [him] to refrain from assisting"...
  • Perpetuating The Problem (Rangel, Waters & Frank)

    11/04/2010 3:05:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 4, 2010 | Adam Tragone
    Born and raised in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I know a little something about corrupt politicians. Particularly, growing up in the district of arguably one of the country’s most notorious, John Murtha, I was always astounded by the fact that he kept being re-elected time and time again. Even after numerous stories like those of the ABSCAM fiasco of the 1980s, the abhorrent comments he made about the Marines in Fallujah, and the pork-laden, federally subsidized Johnstown airport that bares Murtha’s name, the people of Pennsylvania’s 12th District continued to pull the lever for Murtha. Even after his death,...
  • Atlantic Ocean's Waters Reversed Direction, Study Finds

    11/03/2010 4:57:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 11/3/10 | Charles Q. Choi
    Although it's said that still waters run deep, now scientists find that deep waters aren't still - in fact, the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean seem to have reversed their direction of flow since the last time ice dominated the Earth. Instead of heading southward as they do now, these abyssal waters once flowed northward roughly 20,000 years ago, back when the world saw ice sheets more than a mile high, a new study suggests. The change in flow could have accompanied profound changes in climate, researchers explained. Climate connection In the Atlantic, the Gulf Stream brings warm surface...
  • Maxine Waters' Pro - Communist Past

    10/20/2010 11:52:11 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 9 replies
    New Zeal ^ | Monday, October 18, 2010 | (New Zeal)
    Embattled Californian Congresswoman Maxine Waters began her political career as an ally of the Communist Party USA. Waters supported several party front organizations including the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, which was led by leading communists Angela Davis and Charlene Mitchell. This 1982 pamphlet reveals just willing then California State Assemblywoman Waters was to lend her name to Party causes.
  • Will Rangel, Waters Ethics Trials Affect Black Votes? ("Old & corrupt but that’s all we have.")

    10/18/2010 3:43:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Skanner ^ | 10/18/10 | Zenitha Prince
    Will Rangel, Waters Ethics Trials Affect Black Votes?Zenitha Prince, Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspapers October 18, 2010 The ethics trials for U.S. Reps. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., have been set for after the elections on Nov. 15 and Nov. 29, respectively. The announcement, made late last week, prompted the ire of at least one Republican, who said it was motivated by politics. “This is obviously being pushed back to avoid negative publicity before the Nov. 2 elections,” said Illinois Republican Timothy Johnson in a statement. “If the accused were Republicans, I have no doubt...
  • Woman convicted in UW ecoterror case goes home ( Briana Waters )

    10/17/2010 6:31:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    ap ^ | Oct 17, 2010
    The North American Animal Liberation press office says Briana Waters was released from prison Saturday. The 34-year-old Waters was connected to a cell of radical environmentalists based in Olympia and in Oregon who carried out attacks throughout the West from 1996-2001, causing more than $80 million in damage. Last month, an appeals court overturned Water's conviction of being guilty of helping an ecoterror attack that destroyed a University of Washington research center, concluding the judge made mistakes that cast doubt on the fairness of her trial.
  • Key Democrat accuses banks of 'fraud' in home foreclosure controversy

    10/13/2010 10:34:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 13, 2010 | Michael O'Brien
    A key Democrat accused banks of "fraud" in the emerging controversy over whether foreclosures have been properly administered. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, suggested the recent epidemic of foreclosures are a result of collusion in the banking industry. "This is massive collusion and fraud," she said during an appearance on CNBC. "It's proven by the fact that you have millions of people in foreclosure who should have never been in foreclosure," she added. "This just didn't happen because there were a lot of irresponsible people. Think about it, this is unprecedented that...
  • Ethics Committee Delays Rangel, Waters Trials as New Poll Says Pelosi Failed to Drain the Swamp

    10/08/2010 8:59:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 8, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
      It’s official. The House Ethics Committee will not conduct trials of Reps. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Maxine Waters (D-NY) until safely after the November 2 election. Ethics Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) announced yesterday that Rangel’s trial is scheduled to begin on November 15 and Waters’ on November 19.Politics have trumped ethics in the final days of this Congress. Notwithstanding her pledge to “drain the swamp” and preside over the most ethical Congress ever, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) simply will not allow high-profile ethics trials during the campaign season. This delay is sure to backfire. A new poll shows...
  • Republicans on Ethics Committee Accuse Lofgren of ‘Stalling’ on Rangel, Waters Trials

    09/28/2010 7:46:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 28, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
      In recent days, we have complained about the apparent delay of the House ethics trials of Reps. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) until after the election. We also wondered aloud about why the Republicans on the Ethics Committee were letting it happen.Today, Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL), the Committee's ranking Republican, said Democrats were “stalling” and accused Committee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) of having “repeatedly refused to set either the Rangel or Waters trial before the November election. “Bonner’s statement was unusually blunt and was signed by all five Republican members of the Committee.  It may have...
  • Ethics panel members meet to discuss schedule for Rangel, Waters trials (Secret RAT meetings)

    09/26/2010 4:46:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/23/10 | CHAD PERGRAM
    Ethics panel members meet to discuss schedule for Rangel, Waters trialsBy CHAD PERGRAM FOX NEWS / NEWSCORE Last Updated: 11:49 AM, September 23, 2010 Members of the House Ethics Committee and the various subcommittees which probed Reps. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for alleged transgressions are meeting behind closed doors in the basement of the Capitol to discuss a trial schedule for the two lawmakers, Fox News Channel reported Thursday. Both Rangel and Waters declined to accept potential punishment that ethics investigators wanted to mete out back in July. Instead, the duo opted for separate trials in an...
  • Ethics Chair Lofgren Can’t Find Time for Rangel Trial But Brings Colbert Comedy Show to Capitol Hill

    09/25/2010 5:32:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 25, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
      Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) is Chair of the House Ethics Committee, which is supposed to be conducting a trial of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) on the 13 violations of House rules the Committee alleged on July 29.  There is also supposed to be a trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).Instead, Lofgren played host on Friday to comedian Stephen Colbert who testified “in character” on the plight of migrant farm workers before a Judiciary Committee subcommittee that Lofgren also chairs. I thought Colbert was actually pretty funny but other reviews were mixed. Stephen Colbert Opening Statement 5:29 min. The...
  • Ethics charges against Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., looking much worse and they were...

    09/17/2010 1:36:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 17, 2010 | Mark Hemingway
    Complete title: Ethics charges against Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., looking much worse and they were bad to begin with Things looked pretty bad when Congresswoman Maxine Waters was caught helping arrange a taxpayer bailout for a bank where her husband was a former board member and had a significant financial interest in. The House Ethics Committee report on the matter was pretty damning. Today, the Washington Post has a lengthy and terrific piece of reportage that shows the circumstances of the OneUnited Bank bailout are even more suspicious than previously thought: From the moment Boston-based OneUnited Bank began seeking a...
  • Maxine Waters's aides are expelled from event of Speaker Pelosi's

    09/16/2010 10:51:22 PM PDT · by Justaham · 37 replies
    the Hill ^ | 9-16-10 | Russell Berman
    Three staffers working for embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) were asked by security officers to leave an event in downtown Washington on Thursday after they tried to display large campaign signs just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was about to speak. The aides were holding lawn signs that defended Waters from the ethics charges she is facing in the House. Three staffers working for embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) were asked by security officers to leave an event in downtown Washington on Thursday after they tried to display large campaign signs just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was...
  • Maxine Waters's aides are expelled from event of Speaker Pelosi's

    09/17/2010 9:10:44 AM PDT · by milwguy · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/17/2010 | Russell Berman
    Three staffers working for embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) were asked by security officers to leave an event in downtown Washington on Thursday after they tried to display large campaign signs just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was about to speak. The aides were holding lawn signs that defended Waters from the ethics charges she is facing in the House. Waters told The Hill afterward that the staffers had been displaying the signs at the annual legislative conference for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which was held at the Washington convention center a few blocks away. “It ain’t about...
  • New Waters/Frank Scandal Documents Uncovered by JW: OneUnited Bank Received “Less than...

    09/15/2010 11:17:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 15, 2010
    Complete title: New Waters/Frank Scandal Documents Uncovered by JW: OneUnited Bank Received “Less than Satisfactory” Assessment Prior to Bailout Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Evaluation: OneUnited “Ineffective” “Needs to Improve” “Less than Satisfactory” “Has Done a Poor Job” Washington, DC -- September 15, 2010Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has received new documents from the U.S. Department of Treasury related to the controversial $12 million bailout grant provided to the Boston-based OneUnited Bank. The documents, obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against Treasury, include internal...
  • 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,...
  • Maxine Waters' favorite bank violated its pledge to help the poor

    09/10/2010 7:50:59 PM PDT · by Justaham · 8 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9-10-10 | Ed Lasky
    The Boston bank that is at the center of controversy involving Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who intervened with regulators to protect and reward the bank (her husband had a financial interest in the bank), apparently lied about helping poor people, reports the Boston Globe: Five years ago this month, Mayor Thomas M. Menino stood with community leaders in Roxbury to hail plans for a new OneUnited branch in the neighborhood. The bank's president pledged to make loans worth hundreds of millions of dollars across Boston, with a special emphasis on low-income borrowers. OneUnited said it would partner with the city to...
  • Senate Prepares for Trial of Federal Judge (House preps for tax-cheat Charlie & Weasel Waters)

    09/08/2010 7:38:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/08/10 | David Ingram
    Senate Prepares for Trial of Federal JudgeDavid Ingram, The National Law Journal Wednesday September 8, 2010, 3:02 am EDT One of the nation's least used courts is opening for business. Next week, a special U.S. Senate committee is scheduled to begin the impeachment trial of G. Thomas Porteous Jr. The rarely held proceeding will determine the future of the New Orleans federal district judge who is accused of decades of corruption, including an alleged kickback scheme with a law firm. The trial will be the Senate's first since 1999, when the presidency of Bill Clinton hung in the balance, and...
  • Waters forms legal defense fund to wage fight against ethics charges

    09/04/2010 2:24:35 AM PDT · by Justaham · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9-3-10 | Susan Crabtree
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has established a legal defense fund to pay for any expenses associated with her full-throttled battle against ethics charges that she used her position to help a bank in which her husband owned stock. Waters filed paperwork with the ethics committee to form the fund in late August. Her office did not comment about whether she had already held fundraisers to help fill the fund’s coffers or has events planned. “I have made clear from the beginning that I have not violated any House rules and therefore will mount a vigorous defense against these baseless charges,”...
  • Waters forms legal defense fund to help battle against ethics charges

    09/03/2010 2:56:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has established a legal defense fund to pay for any expenses associated with her full-throttled battle against ethics charges that she used her position to help a bank in which her husband owned stock. Waters filed paperwork with the Ethics Committee to form the fund in late August. Her office did not comment about whether she has already held fundraisers to help fill the fund’s coffers or has events planned. “I have made clear from the beginning that I have not violated any House rules and therefore will mount a vigorous defense against these baseless charges,”...
  • Waters' mailers a family business--Candidates pay to be on her list

    09/01/2010 6:36:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 1, 2010 | Chuck Neubauer
    Rep. Maxine 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 many as 200,000 South Central Los Angeles voters, records show. Some statewide candidates paid as much as $45,000 for their share of the costs to be included in the mailer, according to state and federal election records, and while it can be costly for the candidates, the mailer has proved profitable for Mrs. Waters' daughter, Karen. Karen Waters' public...
  • 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...
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    08/15/2010 6:52:31 PM PDT · by abigail2 · 5 replies
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  • Maxine Waters blames racism, Bush for ethics charges [ This is not a satire-She really said this ]

    08/14/2010 4:33:47 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 43 replies · 1+ views
    caivn.org ^ | Aug 13 2010 | by W. E. Messamore
    U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, is still battling charges of ethics violations and financial self-dealing. She is alleged to have used her power as a Congresswoman to personally benefit by orchestrating a meeting between U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and a bank in which she and her husband had hundreds of thousands of dollars invested. But Waters insists that there was nothing wrong, illegal, or unethical about her actions, and- like Congressman Charles Rangel of New York, who faces 13 corruption charges- Waters is fighting the allegations against her, instead of cutting a deal with House Republicans. Furthermore,...
  • Is the race card finally worn out?

    08/14/2010 2:52:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 14, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    'The race card is maxed out." That was the punch line for a re cent hilarious exchange on "The Daily Show" in which Larry Wilmore, the faux news program's "senior black correspondent," reported that the race card is not only over its credit limit but is in fact "void during a black presidency." This discovery came in the wake of Maxine Waters' allegation that her political problems stem from a racially biased congressional ethics investigation. Wilmore said he should have seen this coming, given that "the Congressional Black Caucus has been overusing the race card for years." Like when it...
  • OneUnited misses sixth straight fed dividend payment (RAT Maxine Waters ethics investigation)

    08/13/2010 10:05:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/14/10 | Jessica Van Sack
    OneUnited misses sixth straight fed dividend paymentMore woes for Boston bank By Jessica Van Sack Saturday, August 14, 2010 - Added 3 hours ago The Hub-based bank at the center of the ethics investigation into U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters will skip another dividend payment to the Treasury, opening the door for federal regulators to name a member to its board of directors. The lender’s chairman and chief executive officer, Kevin L. Cohee, told the Herald yesterday that the bank, which received a $12 million cash infusion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program in 2008, is focused on raising capital and...
  • Cohee at OneUnited, bank in Maxine Waters case, has checkered record

    08/11/2010 8:04:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | August 11, 2010 | R. Jeffrey Smith
    As chairman and chief executive of OneUnited Bank, Kevin L. Cohee has sought to build a company that is about more than just money. He promoted the bank, now at the center of a House ethics case against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), as a uniquely responsible investor in impoverished minority communities and urged prospective clients to live modestly. Customers ought to focus on "real connections, real relationships," Cohee urges in a recording on the bank's Web site. Avoid "people who want to be with you based on the things that you have." "Do you really need a Mercedes-Benz?" he asks....
  • The Race Card Is Maxed Out

    08/10/2010 9:10:09 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    As Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters head to separate trials for ethics violations, Larry Wilmore tries to use the race card.
  • Ethics Charges Cite Role of Waters's Grandson

    08/09/2010 8:16:42 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08-10-10 | BRODY MULLINS
    A central figure in the ethics controversy surrounding Rep. Maxine Waters is her chief of staff, who is also her grandson, according to formal charges unveiled by a House committee Monday. At issue is whether Ms. Waters (D., Calif.) violated congressional ethics rules by urging the Treasury Department in October 2008 to give $12 million in government bailout funds to a minority-owned bank in which her husband owned stock. Documents released Monday by the House ethics committee showed Ms. Waters had few personal contacts with the bank, Boston-based OneUnited Bank. Ms. Waters personally arranged for a meeting with officials from...
  • Waters charges taint Pelosi's House--Ethics investigators cite conflict of interest; GOP

    08/09/2010 6:04:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 9, 2010 | Kara Rowland
    Complete title:Waters charges taint Pelosi's House--Ethics investigators cite conflict of interest; GOP notes new 'scandal'House investigators on Monday charged Rep. Maxine Waters with "improperly" exerting influence to help bail out a bank in which her husband held stock, handing more ammunition to Republicans eager to blast House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for overseeing a "House of scandal." The House ethics panel said the office of the senior California Democrat violated conflict of interest rules by repeatedly lobbying the Treasury Department for bailout money on behalf of minority-owned OneUnited in which her husband held as much as $350,000 in stock. The bank...
  • Maxine Waters Charged with Three Ethics Violations

    08/09/2010 11:46:59 AM PDT · by lbryce · 48 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | August 9, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    The House ethics committee today released three charges of ethical wrongdoing against Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California. The charges relate to whether Waters gave inappropriate assistance to a bank to which she had personal connections in getting federal bailout money. The committee says Waters organized a meeting in 2008 between Treasury officials and executives from OneUnited Bank, where her husband was once a board member and had large investments. The bank received $12 million from the federal government's Troubled Asset Relief Program. The first charge against Waters states she violated a House rule that members must "behave at all...
  • Booker T and the Reparations Hustle

    08/06/2010 2:59:04 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 06, 2010 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Former slave Booker T. Washington, in a 1901 autobiographical book Up From Slavery, made the following poignant statement: "When we rid ourselves of prejudice, or racial feeling, and look facts in the face, we must acknowledge that, notwithstanding the cruelty and moral wrong of slavery, the ten million Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestors went through the school of American slavery, are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, intellectually, morally and religiously than is true of an equal number of black people in any other portion of the globe." Despite being victimized by the harshest...
  • This clip will haunt Maxine Waters -- on the floor screaming about Gingrich ethics violations

    08/04/2010 10:15:46 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 27 replies
    cspan ^ | 8-4-10 | MadMaxine
    FReepers, you are going to love this clip!!! The Republicans should be playing it and getting it out there. I sent it to Hannity's producer today. WATCH, ENJOY, AND PASS ALONG
  • Big trouble lurks for black Congress members (The white ones, not so much)

    08/04/2010 8:24:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 1+ views
    PMSNBC ^ | 8/04/10 | BEN EVANS
    Big trouble lurks for black Congress membersTwo of Congress' most senior African-Americans are fighting to save their reputations By BEN EVANS updated 8/4/2010 6:49:30 PM ET **SNIP** Further complicating matters, the relationship has frayed between members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Obama, the first black president, with lawmakers seething over what they see as a his neglect of their agenda. Their priorities such as jobs programs and emergency aid to needy families have been stripped repeatedly from spending bills in the face of Republican opposition. The frustration came to a head last week when, amid a racial uproar over...