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Amanda Becker


Amanda Becker covers ethics and investigations as a staff writer at Roll Call. Prior to joining the influence team, she wrote about law and lobbying for the Washington Post’s Capital Business and the business of law at the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

A Cincinnati native, Amanda is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, where she received her master’s in journalism. She currently lives in the Petworth neighborhood of the District.

Becker no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Amanda Becker:

Midwest: Region Proves to Be Friendly Ground for Democrats

Nov. 7, 2012

It was a good night for Democrats — and most incumbents — in the nation’s heartland.

'Massive Confusion' in Pennsylvania, New Jersey a 'Hot Bed' of Problems

Nov. 6, 2012

A representative from the nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition told Roll Call this afternoon that there were reports of “massive confusion” in Pennsylvania, voting-machine problems in Ohio, long lines in southern Virginia, technical problems in Texas and difficulties in New Jersey.

Lines, Provisional Ballots Greet Voters on Election Day

Nov. 6, 2012

The lines that greeted early morning voters in Virginia, Ohio and Washington, D.C., today seem to have, by many accounts, subsided until people leave work and there’s another influx at the polls.

Experts Predict Confusion at Voting Spots

Nov. 5, 2012

Long lines in early-voting states, confusion over recently passed election laws and accommodations for voters affected by Hurricane Sandy are setting the stage for complications at voting precincts across the country Tuesday.

OCE Sent Three Cases to Ethics Panel in Third Quarter

Nov. 1, 2012

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.

The Phantom Commission

Oct. 31, 2012

A federal agency created to restore confidence in the election process in the wake of Bush v. Gore sits all but leaderless as the country approaches Election Day.

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

Oct. 23, 2012

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 Senate’s 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.

Supreme Court Declines to Stop Early Voting in Ohio

Oct. 16, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to stop Ohioans from voting early during the three days leading up to Election Day.

Fraud, Fights & Failures

Oct. 15, 2012

Election law expert Rick Hasen walks the reader through the battles over voter identification measures, registration purges, vote-counting policies and failed technology that have taken place over the past decade in “The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown.”

Jesse Jackson Jr. Under Federal Scrutiny, Reports Say

Oct. 12, 2012

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

Ethics Zeros In on Silvestre Reyes

Oct. 12, 2012

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.

Ohio Must Count Ballots Cast in Wrong Precinct

Oct. 11, 2012

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati today decided two cases related to Ohio’s provisional voting procedures, ruling that it is unconstitutional to toss out ballots that are cast in the incorrect voting precinct due to poll-worker error.

Ohio Fights on Early Voting, Provisional Ballots

Oct. 10, 2012

One of two legal challenges to Ohio’s voting procedures could end up before the Supreme Court in the next few weeks, creating the possibility of an eleventh-hour decision affecting the nearly 8 million voters in the crucial swing state.

Ohio Ruling Sets Stage for Supreme Court Decision on Early Voting

Oct. 9, 2012

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) said today he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether state officials or federal courts should decide the particulars of early voting rules in the swing state.

New Mexico: Internal Poll Shows Martin Heinrich Widening Lead

Oct. 9, 2012

A new poll conducted for Rep. Martin Heinrich showed the Democrat’s lead over former Rep. Heather Wilson (R) has widened to at least 12 points in their battle for New Mexico’s open Senate seat.

Cats and Dogs, Voting Together

Oct. 8, 2012

Washingtonians concerned about voter fraud need to look no further than their own backyard.

Judge Halts Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law Until After Election Day

Oct. 2, 2012

A Pennsylvania judge has halted the implementation of the commonwealth’s new voter identification law until after the November elections.

Ethics Committee Details 'Lessons Learned' From Maxine Waters Case

Sept. 25, 2012

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.

House Ethics Committee Clears Maxine Waters in Conflict of Interest Case

Sept. 21, 2012

After three years, two Congresses and perhaps close to $1 million in outside legal fees, the House Ethics Committee has finally concluded its probe into alleged misconduct by Rep. Maxine Waters.

Maxine Waters Expected to Be Cleared of Conflict of Interest Charges

Sept. 20, 2012

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

Challenges to Voting Laws May Play Havoc On and After Election Day

Sept. 12, 2012

Democratic Rep. Mark Critz's chances of hanging onto his seat representing Southwestern Pennsylvania could hinge on a lawsuit filed by a 93-year-old great grandmother over the state's new voter identification law.

Ex-JAG Brings Skills to OCE

Sept. 11, 2012

Omar Ashmawy was sitting in his office in the old Navy buildings near Capitol Hill early in 2009, trying to figure out what he wanted to do next with his life.

Parting Gift

Sept. 11, 2012

Retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman received a gift so valuable last year that he couldn’t even determine its precise worth.

OCE Board Members Face Expiring Terms

Sept. 11, 2012

In the four years since the Office of Congressional Ethics opened its doors, it has earned the quiet respect of its skeptics. But now some of the very people who feared the office would not be able to accomplish its mission are worried that a disruption in leadership could hamper its nascent success.

House Ethics Will Review Robert Andrews' Use of Campaign Funds

Aug. 31, 2012

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.

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