Stories by Amanda Becker:
Aug. 15, 2012
The Congressional Research Service released a report this week indicating that existing gift tax statutes can apply to contributions made to offshoots of super PACs that are spending millions of dollars to influence state and national elections.
Aug. 14, 2012
Former Rep. Tom DeLay has officially made the jump to lobbyist. The Texas Republican in late July filed paperwork to lobby for Argus Global LLC on sex-trafficking issues, according to records tracked by the website Political MoneyLine.
Aug. 9, 2012
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) failed to report a privately financed trip he took to Cyprus last August and also didnt 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.
Aug. 7, 2012
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 dont affect their obligation to meet upcoming filing requirements.
Aug. 3, 2012
As Congress on Thursday clarified language in a new financial disclosure law to make it apply to spousal assets, a group of high-level federal workers and four organizations representing government employees sued to block the implementation of the law, arguing it violates their right to privacy.
Aug. 2, 2012
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.
Aug. 1, 2012
In the early months of Rep. Laura Richardsons 2010 re-election bid, the California Democrats chief of staff traveled to Los Angeles, where she informed district staffers of the extent to which they would be expected to assist with their bosss campaign.
Aug. 1, 2012
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) likely broke federal law and House rules when she required her Hill staffers to perform campaign work and obstructed the House Ethics Committees investigation of her actions, according to a statement issued by the committee today.
July 26, 2012
The Office of Congressional Ethics began nine preliminary probes during the second quarter of the year, launched more in-depth reviews of five cases and referred one matter to the House Ethics Committee for further investigation, according to a report released today.
July 24, 2012
Two of the House Ethics Committees current investigations focus on whether current Members used their office for personal financial gain.
July 11, 2012
Despite vicious partisan sniping on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee over the panels investigation of the Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation, it appeared recently that there was a chance to turn the page on the party warfare that culminated in the House voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
July 11, 2012
The government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington today asked the Justice Department and an independent ethics office to examine whether Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) broke any laws or House rules when he disclosed the contents of a sealed wiretap application in the Congressional Record.
July 10, 2012
The House Ethics Committee said today it has closed one of its matters related to Rep. Vern Buchanan and would take no further action against the Florida Republican for omitting information on his annual financial disclosure forms.
July 9, 2012
The House Ethics Committee said today it will investigate whether Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) broke any ethics rules or laws when she intervened to save a kidney transplant program at a hospital where her physician husband had a lucrative contract.
July 6, 2012
The House Ethics Committee is slated to announce today whether it will investigate if Rep. Shelley Berkleys (D-Nev.) effort to save a kidney transplant program at a Las Vegas hospital was a conflict of interest given that her husband is a nephrologist who works with the medical center.
June 26, 2012
Just days before the House Ethics Committee was slated to hold a rare public trial of Rep. Maxine Waters, the committees then-ranking member, Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.), shared an email about the status of the case with a staffer in his personal office who did not serve on the committee.
June 17, 2012
If the Supreme Court strikes down part of the health care law, Congressional Republicans will try to repeal the rest of the statute and to pass a more limited alternative, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said today.
June 16, 2012
Some Members of Congress who landed in Roll Calls Have-Not Caucus last year appear to have improved their lot since, chipping away at the personal loans, credit card balances and other liabilities that placed them on the poorest list during 2010.
June 13, 2012
The Department of Justice said today that it will not retry its campaign finance case against one-time Democratic presidential hopeful and former Sen. John Edwards after a jury deadlocked late last month on most of the counts with which Edwards was charged.
June 8, 2012
The House Ethics Committee today rejected a request from a group of House Democrats that it release the findings of the special counsel who concluded the committee had not violated the rights of Rep. Maxine Waters as it prepared its case against the California Democrat.
June 7, 2012
When Congress recessed last August, many lawmakers seized on the opportunity to return to their home states for a much-needed break. Dozens of others, however, accepted invitations to take educational trips to destinations all around the world South Africa, Mongolia, Israel, Colombia, Cameroon and Japan, among other destinations often on the dime of nonprofit organizations that are so closely affiliated with advocacy groups that the differences are all but indistinguishable.
June 7, 2012
A group of House Democrats today sent a letter to the Ethics Committee asking it to release the findings of the special counsel who concluded the committee had not violated the rights of Rep. Maxine Waters as it prepared its case against the California Democrat.
June 7, 2012
The House Ethics Committee today released guidance to House Members and employees who will be required to file periodic reports of personal financial transactions under the recently passed Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act.
June 6, 2012
The House Ethics Committee said Wednesday that it has cleared itself of wrongdoing during the buildup to the canceled ethics trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) after a nearly yearlong investigation by a specially hired outside counsel.
June 6, 2012
The House Ethics Committee today announced that after an outside counsels nearly yearlong investigation into whether its members and staffers had acted inappropriately in the months leading up to the canceled trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), it has unanimously concluded that her due process rights were not violated.