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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.
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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.
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.
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.
The House ethics committee has decided not to pursue allegations that six lawmakers misused official travel funds, the panel announced Friday.
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.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said Thursday he doesnt 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.
The top aide to the House ethics committee has resigned his post, according to a Congressional source.
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.
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.
The first day of the 112th Congress is still several weeks away, but some new Members are already paying late fees.
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.
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.
An aide to then-Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) reached an unspecified settlement over allegations that the lawmakers office operated in a highly sexualized environment, his attorney told Roll Call.
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.
The House voted Thursday to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) for his repeated violations of the chambers rules, marking the first time in nearly 30 years that a Member has been censured on the floor.
Democratic lawmakers are pursuing multiple avenues to scale back the House ethics committees proposed punishment of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) said Thursday, declaring that the chambers Members are entitled to have options on this vote.
Lawmakers blocked an attempt Thursday to lessen the House ethics committees recommended punishment of Rep. Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), defeating a procedural maneuver that would have circumvented a proposed censure of the senior Democrat.
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.
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.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) expressed confidence Wednesday in the chambers ethics committee, even as the panel suspended two of its attorneys.
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 chambers ethics process has been compromised.
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.
Rep. Charlie Rangel urged his supporters Wednesday to flood the Capitols switchboard in opposition to the House ethics committees proposal to punish him.
Rep. Charlie Rangel confirmed Tuesday that he is not a target of the Justice Departments investigation into two privately sponsored Caribbean trips that have previously drawn scrutiny from the House ethics committee.
The Justice Department opened an investigation into privately sponsored Caribbean trips that the House ethics committee ruled earlier this year had violated the chambers rules, according to documents the panel released Tuesday.