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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.
It was a good night for Democrats — and most incumbents — in the nation’s heartland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to stop Ohioans from voting early during the three days leading up to Election Day.
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.”
Beleaguered Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. could be implicated in a second federal investigation, according to reports today.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Washingtonians concerned about voter fraud need to look no further than their own backyard.
A Pennsylvania judge has halted the implementation of the commonwealth’s new voter identification law until after the November elections.
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.
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.
Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday is expected to be cleared of charges in a Congressional ethics investigation that has spanned three years.
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.
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.
Retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman received a gift so valuable last year that he couldn’t even determine its precise worth.
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.
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.