The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday that it will not pursue allegations that Reps. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Tom Price (R-Ga.) and John Campbell (R-Calif.) violated House rules in connection with their fundraising efforts in advance of the 2009 financial reform vote.
The Office of Congressional Ethics, which reviews potential rules violations and refers matters to the Ethics Committee, had recommended an investigation after it reviewed the late 2009 fundraising activities of eight lawmakers. It recommended dismissal of five cases but forwarded three cases to the Ethics Committee for further review.
The concern was that by soliciting donations from individuals affected by the financial reform legislation, the Members may have appeared to be providing special access or benefits to the contributors.
In a brief statement Wednesday, the Ethics Committee announced it would release the OCE’s report on each of the lawmakers, which also includes ex-Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and Reps. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Mel Watt (D-N.C.).
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.