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House Ethics Confirms Cases of Owens, Schock

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Friday that it has received cases related to Reps. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., and Aaron Schock, R-Ill., from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

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Empty Ethics Posts Draw Critics' Ire

Time is dwindling for House leaders to find and appoint candidates to fill at least four impending openings on the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics before yearís end so its investigative work can continue uninterrupted.

Government Ethics Stories of the Year

This column was born in the wake of the government ethics boom of 2006. In elections that fall, Democrats seized control of Congress, in part by riding a wave of heightened concern about government corruption. Legislation followed, and the issue of ethics enjoyed more public attention than it had received in years.

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McDermott Trip Sets Travel Record

Rep. Jim McDermott and his senior legislative aide earlier this month traveled to Indonesia on what appears to be the most expensive privately financed trip based on per person costs since Congress amended its travel rules in 2007.

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Report Concludes Reyes Likely Misused Campaign Account

The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday released a report prepared by an outside ethics office that concluded there was ďsubstantial reason to believeĒ that departing Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, violated congressional rules or laws by hosting campaign events on House property and using campaign funds to pay for his daughterís personal expenses.

House Ethics Circulates Advice on Holiday Gifts, Job Negotiations

The House Ethics Committee circulated a memo Tuesday providing advice on holiday gifts and job negotiations for members and staffers.

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House Ethics Committee Confirms Probe of Grimm

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Monday that it is examining whether Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., broke federal campaign finance laws, but the panel said it will put its inquiry on hold while the Justice Department conducts a related probe.

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OCE Sent Three Cases to Ethics Panel in Third Quarter

The Office of Congressional Ethics sent three new cases to the House Ethics Committee for further investigation in the third quarter, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Harry Reid Says Senate Unlikely to Continue Ethics Probe of Fellow Nevada Democrat

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has predicted that the Senate will not take up the House ethics investigation of fellow Nevada Democrat Rep. Shelley Berkley if she unseats Sen. Dean Heller (R) on Nov. 6, even though the Senateís ethics rules and precedent seem to indicate that it has the authority to examine allegations related to the conduct of lawmakers before their arrival in the chamber.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Under Federal Scrutiny, Reports Say

Beleaguered Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. could be implicated in a second federal investigation, according to reports today.

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Ethics Zeros In on Silvestre Reyes

The House Ethics Committee today confirmed that it is looking into unspecified ethics violations by Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), but the case may be related to charges that he used his office to enrich himself and family members.

Watchdog Groups Urge House Leaders to Fill Vacancies on Ethics Board

Eight government watchdog organizations today urged House leaders to fill four soon-to-be-vacant seats on the Office of Congressional Ethics' board of directors.

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Ethics Committee Details 'Lessons Learned' From Maxine Waters Case

The stand-in members of the House Ethics Committee handling the conflict-of-interest probe of Rep. Maxine Waters formally cleared the California Democrat today and, in doing so, recommended that the committee note "lessons learned" and take additional precautions to avoid partisan behavior.

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Maxine Waters Expected to Be Cleared of Conflict of Interest Charges

Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday is expected to be cleared of charges in a Congressional ethics investigation that has spanned three years.

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House Ethics Will Review Robert Andrews' Use of Campaign Funds

The House Ethics Committee announced today that it will continue investigating whether Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) misused campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, but it will do so without forming a formal investigative subcommittee.

Mixed Messages on Lobbyist Law

Campaign finance watchdog groups are warning Congressional Republicans in Tampa this week to steer clear of convention-related events held by lobbyists in their honor.

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Report: FBI Arrests Former Fundraiser for Michael Grimm

The FBI has arrested a former top fundraiser for Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) on charges of lying on immigration documents, according to published reports.

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Michael Grimm Failed to Disclose Privately Funded Trip

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) failed to report a privately financed trip he took to Cyprus last August and also didn’t list it as a gift on the first two iterations of his annual financial disclosure form, disclosing it only after the president of the sponsoring group was arrested on federal corruption charges.

STOCK Act Tweaks Don't Delay Filing Requirements, Ethics Panel Says

The House Ethics Committee today warned Members and senior staffers that changes Congress made last week to a law that requires increased disclosure of personal finances don’t affect their obligation to meet upcoming filing requirements.

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Committee Extends Contract for Maxine Waters Probe’s Outside Counsel

The House Ethics Committee announced today that it has extended the contract of the outside counsel assisting with its investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) until the end of the current Congress.

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