Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) confirmed Monday that the Office of Congressional Ethics has closed its inquiry into fundraisers held around the 2009 financial reform vote, and it recommended the House ethics committee not pursue the matter.
The OCE, which reviews potential rules violations and recommends investigations to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, conducted a probe of eight lawmakers, including Pomeroy, who held fundraisers in December 2009 before the financial reform legislation was approved in the House that month.
It was not immediately clear whether the OCE made similar recommendations in its other cases involving Reps. John Campbell (R-Calif.), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Mel Watt (D-N.C.) and Tom Price (R-Ga.).
We are pleased that the OCE board voted unanimously to recommend dismissal, Pomeroys office said in a statement. As we have said all along, the facts showed that Congressman Pomeroy stood up to Wall Street and stood up for the taxpayers of North Dakota.
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.