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Jennifer Yachnin


Jennifer Yachnin writes about the Congressional ethics process. Her previous beats at Roll Call include coverage of House leadership, the Capitol Police and campus issues, and the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Yachnin no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Jennifer Yachnin:

PMA Founder Magliocchetti Sentenced

Jan. 7, 2011

A federal judge sentenced ex-lobbyist Paul Magliocchetti to 27 months in a federal prison Friday for orchestrating a scheme to donate nearly $400,000 in illegal campaign contributions, but he lamented that government prosecutors have not pursued other campaign finance cases “with the same vigor.”

Ex-Senate Aide Sentenced in Abramoff Case

Jan. 5, 2011

A federal judged sentenced former Senate aide Ann Copland on Wednesday to 75 days in a halfway house and 75 of home detention for her role in lobbying scandal centered on disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Associated Press reported.

Ethics Must Still Settle Last Year’s Issues

Jan. 4, 2011

The House Ethics Committee will move into new office space in the 112th Congress with a new chairman and a new official name, but it still might need to address some old issues.

Ethics Closes Per Diem Investigation

Jan. 3, 2011

The House ethics committee has decided not to pursue allegations that six lawmakers misused official travel funds, the panel announced Friday.

Tensions Between Ethics Watchdogs Evident in Per Diem Inquiry

Jan. 3, 2011

The House Ethics Committee cited “insufficient evidence” and shuttered an investigation Friday into whether six lawmakers misused official travel funds, even as some Members acknowledged keeping the money or spending it on items such as souvenirs for their offices or families.

GOP Transition Will Not Propose Ethics Office Change

Dec. 16, 2010

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said Thursday he doesn’t “anticipate any change” to the Office of Congressional Ethics in the 112th Congress, as members of the House GOP transition team concluded it will not issue recommendations about the future of the fledgling office.

Ethics Staff Director Resigns

Dec. 16, 2010

The top aide to the House ethics committee has resigned his post, according to a Congressional source.

Ethics Panel Studies Allegations Against Three House Members

Dec. 15, 2010

The House ethics committee confirmed Wednesday that it is reviewing allegations against Reps. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Tom Price (R-Ga.) and John Campbell (R-Calif.), each of whom has faced questions tied to their respective fundraising efforts in advance of the 2009 financial reform vote.

Waters Drops Call for Probe of Ethics Committee

Dec. 15, 2010

Rep. Maxine Waters said Wednesday that she is dropping her effort to force an investigation into the suspension of two House ethics committee aides, saying there is not sufficient time remaining in the 111th Congress to conduct a probe.

New Members Join Old in Botching Disclosures

Dec. 13, 2010

The first day of the 112th Congress is still several weeks away, but some new Members are already paying late fees.

Waters to Demand Probe Into Suspended Ethics Aides

Dec. 7, 2010

Rep. Maxine Waters is demanding an investigation into the suspension of two House ethics committee aides, and plans to introduce a privileged resolution Tuesday that would create a bipartisan task force to conduct the probe, her office confirmed Tuesday.

Young, Other House Members Disclose Legal Bills

Dec. 3, 2010

Rep. Don Young doled out more than $32,000 from his campaign coffers to pay legal bills in recent weeks in what may have been his final payments to two law firms, according to campaign finance reports.

Ex-Massa Aide Settles Harassment Complaint

Dec. 3, 2010

An aide to then-Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) reached an unspecified settlement over allegations that the lawmaker’s office operated in a “highly sexualized environment,” his attorney told Roll Call.

Rangel: ‘Everyone Knows I’m an Honest Guy’

Dec. 2, 2010

The House issued its harshest penalty short of expulsion to Rep. Charlie Rangel on Thursday night, ending a saga that began more than two years ago when the New York Democrat himself called for an ethics investigation into allegations that he violated House rules.

House Censures Rangel for Ethics Violations

Dec. 2, 2010

The House voted Thursday to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) for his repeated violations of the chamber’s rules, marking the first time in nearly 30 years that a Member has been censured on the floor.

Democrats Look to Lessen Rangel Punishment

Dec. 2, 2010

Democratic lawmakers are pursuing multiple avenues to scale back the House ethics committee’s proposed punishment of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) said Thursday, declaring that the chamber’s Members are entitled to “have options on this vote.”

House Deflects Effort to Reduce Rangel Sanction

Dec. 2, 2010

Lawmakers blocked an attempt Thursday to lessen the House ethics committee’s recommended punishment of Rep. Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), defeating a procedural maneuver that would have circumvented a proposed censure of the senior Democrat.

Rangel Seeks ‘Fairness’; a Republican Agrees

Dec. 2, 2010

Rep. Charlie Rangel apologized to the House for his ethical troubles Thursday but argued that the recommended censure for his conduct would be unprecedented, and Republican Rep. Peter King rose to second that motion.

Justice Department Won’t Charge Ensign

Dec. 1, 2010

Sen. John Ensign announced Wednesday that the Justice Department will not bring charges against him following its investigation of his alleged efforts to cover up an affair with the spouse of his former top aide.

Hoyer Defends Ethics Panel in Wake of Staff Suspensions

Dec. 1, 2010

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) expressed confidence Wednesday in the chamber’s ethics committee, even as the panel suspended two of its attorneys.

Waters Questions Integrity of Ethics Panel After Suspensions

Dec. 1, 2010

Rep. Maxine Waters called on the House ethics committee Wednesday to disclose why it put two staff attorneys on administrative leave, asserting that the integrity of the chamber’s ethics process has been “compromised.”

Rangel Vote Happening Thursday

Dec. 1, 2010

The House is set to vote Thursday on whether to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel over his violation of multiple House rules, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday.

Rangel Seeks Grass-Roots Support Against Censure

Dec. 1, 2010

Rep. Charlie Rangel urged his supporters Wednesday to flood the Capitol’s switchboard in opposition to the House ethics committee’s proposal to punish him.

Rangel: Not a Subject of Justice’s Probe of Caribbean Trips

Nov. 30, 2010

Rep. Charlie Rangel confirmed Tuesday that he is not a target of the Justice Department’s investigation into two privately sponsored Caribbean trips that have previously drawn scrutiny from the House ethics committee.

Justice Department Opened Probe of CBC Caribbean Trips

Nov. 30, 2010

The Justice Department opened an investigation into privately sponsored Caribbean trips that the House ethics committee ruled earlier this year had violated the chamber’s rules, according to documents the panel released Tuesday.

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