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Bachmann, 3 Others Under House Ethics Panel Review

The House Ethics Committee revealed Friday that it is reviewing the alleged misconduct of four members of Congress ó two Republicans and two Democrats.

Office of Congressional Ethics Refers 7 Cases to House Panel

The Office of Congressional Ethics referred seven of its nine pending cases to the House Ethics Committee for further review, according to its quarterly report released Tuesday.

Are McConnell Ethics Charges Valid? | Davidson

Q. I have a question about the recent news of an audio recording of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. I know that there has been a great deal of focus on the legality of the recording and it being leaked. But, I have now also seen some news about allegations against McConnell, himself, arising out of the recording. Is there any merit to the charges against McConnell?

Davidson: May Members and Staff Accept 'VIP' Discounts?

Q. I am a House staffer with a question about members participating in special ďVIPĒ discount programs that some businesses offer. The member I work for is preparing to buy a new boat, and the company he is buying from has placed him in a special VIP discount program. Iím concerned that this is the type of special treatment that might violate ethics laws. Do the ethics rules permit members to participate in a businessís VIP program?

Ex-Rep. Jackson Faces Up to 57 Months in Jail for Diverting Campaign Cash

Over a seven-year period, former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., D-Ill, and a co-conspirator believed to be his wife funneled roughly $750,000 from his re-election account to pay for a $43,000 Rolex watch, furs, Michael Jackson memorabilia and other personal luxuries, according to a formal charging document filed by federal prosecutors Friday.

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Menendez's Ties to Donors Under Further Scrutiny

Sen. Robert Menendez continues to be hammered in media reports this week, with scrutiny expanding beyond alleged rendezvous with prostitutes and his cozy relationship with longtime doctor-donor friend Salomon Melgen.

Watchdogs Square Off With Lawyers Over Ethics Rules

A coalition of government watchdog organizations is at odds with a bipartisan group of attorneys over rules published by an independent ethics office related to cases of congressional misconduct.

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Menendez Plays Defense Against Increasing Reports

The allegations against Sen. Robert Menendez may have started with unsubstantiated stories about trysts with prostitutes, but questions about the lawmakerís conduct have reached the point where theyíre not focused on sex.

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Menendez's Chief of Staff Provides Talking Points to Rebut Scandal

Sen. Robert Menendezís chief of staff sent an email to some of his bossís closest supporters Wednesday that supplies talking points to combat news reports linking the New Jersey Democrat to a potential travel and ethics scandal. The missive offers an inside glimpse into the behind-the-scenes public relations campaign to bolster Menendezís fortunes.

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Ethics Committee Will Continue Reviewing Schock, Owens Matters

The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday that it would continue reviewing cases it received from an outside ethics office concerning Reps. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., and Aaron Schock, R-Ill., but said it would do so without forming a formal investigative subcommittee.

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Aides Take Advantage of Rules to Extend Trips

Dozens of lawmakers and staffers made what has become an annual pilgrimage from Capitol Hill to the desert in mid-January to attend the trade show hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association each winter in Las Vegas.

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Ethics Watchdog Believes Menendez Is Probe Target

Melanie Sloan, the head of a government watchdog group, said Thursday she believes federal investigators are probing Sen. Robert Menendezís involvement in an alleged travel and prostitution scandal, but predicted that the New Jersey Democrat would not be subjected to internal Senate discipline.

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Menendez Pushes Back on Scandal Implications

In the wake of an FBI raid on the office of a friend and political donor, Sen. Robert Menendez aggressively countered news reports Wednesday linking him to an alleged travel and prostitution scandal. And it is not yet clear whether the New Jersey Democrat is a target of any investigations by the Justice Department or the Senate Ethics Committee.

Ethics Office Opened 32 Cases During 112th Congress

The Office of Congressional Ethics opened 32 matters during the 112th Congress and recommended that the House Ethics Committee review 13 of those further for alleged wrongdoing, according to an end-of-year report released Tuesday.

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Ethics Announcements on Hold Until Committee Reorganizes

The House Ethics Committee was slated to announce Monday its next steps in two cases related to possible House rules violations by Reps. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., and Bill Owens, D-N.Y., but was unable to do so because it has yet to hold its first organizational meeting and therefore does not officially exist as a committee.

Outside Groups Spent Big on Congressional Travel

Outside groups spent more than $3.6 million last year to send members of Congress and staffers on trips to far-flung locations such as Indonesia, Israel, Ghana and Turkey, a figure that could increase as late filers submit their post-travel disclosure forms.

Citing Flawed Process, Lawyers Call for Changes in Ethics Office Inquiries

Attorneys who represent members during ethics proceedings say the process at the independent Office of Congressional Ethics is flawed and should be changed.

House Ethics Ends Countrywide Loan Probe

The House Ethics Committee on Thursday announced that it had ended its probe of whether lawmakers got preferential loan treatment by participating in the VIP program at Countrywide Financial Corp., concluding it did not have jurisdiction over any alleged violations that occurred.

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Ethics Committee Finds Berkley Broke House Rules

Outgoing Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., broke House rules, laws and standards of conduct related to conflicts of interest when members of her office assisted her husbandís medical practice with Veterans Affairs, Medicare and Medicaid claims, the House Ethics Committee announced late Thursday.

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House Names Conaway as Ethics Chairman

Rep. K. Michael Conaway will chair the House Ethics Committee during the 113th Congress, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Monday. The four-term Texas Republican is a certified public accountant and has served on the committee since 2009.




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