Stories by Amanda Becker:
June 1, 2012
The House Ethics Committee released a memorandum today describing how existing gift rules will apply to situations that may arise at the 2012 nominating conventions.
May 31, 2012
A jury found one-time Democratic presidential hopeful and former Sen. John Edwards not guilty on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions and said its deliberations had reached a standstill on five others, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial.
May 30, 2012
The overall reported costs for official travel abroad by Members of Congress dipped slightly last year, with House and Senate committees and delegations publicly reporting they spent $10.1 million, though that figure is a fraction of what the trips actually cost taxpayers.
May 29, 2012
As the jurors deciding whether former Sen. John Edwards broke campaign finance law to conceal an extramarital affair returned from a long weekend to resume deliberations, a sitting Senator was forced to respond to seemingly similar allegations.
May 29, 2012
The ex-wife of Sen. Mark Kirk has accused the Illinois Republican of violating federal campaign finance law by obscuring payments made from his re-election account in the 2010 cycle to his then-girlfriend.
May 25, 2012
The Senate Ethics Committee today publicly admonished Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) for having improper contact with an aide to former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) during the one-year period after he left the Senate.
May 24, 2012
Two Justice Department prosecutors who engaged in reckless professional misconduct that derailed the prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will be suspended without pay, a disciplinary unit within the agency announced this week.
May 21, 2012
The campaigns of Rep. Jim Renacci and state Treasurer Josh Mandel, the GOP nominee for Senate, confirmed today that they are aware the government is investigating contributions they accepted from employees at a direct marketing firm.
May 18, 2012
The House Ethics Committee tweaked its rules related to filing financial disclosure statements and those that outline when it can take testimony during a rare public meeting today.
May 15, 2012
A Senator hiring a recent college graduate from his home state with previous political experience wouldnt usually raise any eyebrows.
May 11, 2012
Louisiana Rep. Jeff Landrys single largest office expense during the third quarter of last year was $30,000 for radio ads promoting meetings outside his current district but within a redrawn one where he may battle a fellow House Republican should he run for a second term.
May 10, 2012
Sen. Dianne Feinsteins re-election campaign cant approach donors who already contributed the maximum amount permitted by law in order to replace roughly $4.5 million that was siphoned from its accounts in an embezzlement scheme at least for the time being.
May 9, 2012
The House Ethics Committee said today that it would continue reviewing whether Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) offered almost $3 million to settle a series of legal disputes with a former business partner in exchange for him filing a false affidavit with the Federal Election Commission.
April 25, 2012
The re-election campaigns of Members involved in ethics inquiries and other legal matters paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys fees during the first quarter of the year to help sort out the lawmakers affairs, depleting valuable financial resources heading into an increasingly competitive general election cycle.
April 17, 2012
Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) will not be charged criminally by state prosecutors despite possible criminal and ethical lapses detailed in a state law enforcement agency report released earlier this week, the Miami Herald reported.
April 17, 2012
The Office of Congressional Ethics opened one new case during the first quarter of this year, began a more in-depth review of three others and recommended that the House Ethics Committee investigate two more matters, according to a report released today.
April 13, 2012
One year after the Department of Justice cut off U.S. access to the three biggest online poker sites, players are sending a message to Congress: We will not fold.
April 12, 2012
Lawyers for Sen. Dianne Feinsteins campaign committee asked the Federal Election Commission today to allow the California Democrat to resolicit donors after as much as $4.5 million was siphoned from committee accounts in an embezzlement scheme.
April 8, 2012
Sen. David Vitter didn’t need another week of self-reflection after his latest dustup with the Senate Ethics Committee.
March 30, 2012
Victims of the California campaign treasurer who embezzled more than $7 million from dozens, if not hundreds, of clients accounts may have to hire private attorneys and scramble to replenish re-election funds even as the governments case ended in a guilty plea Friday.
March 27, 2012
The launch of The Grimm Files the name of a DCCC ad campaign against Rep. Michael Grimm is just the latest example of how ethics talking points are showing up in the increasingly contentious 2012 election cycle.
March 27, 2012
Government prosecutors indicated today they are preparing to formally charge Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee with embezzling millions of dollars from dozens of political campaigns and nonprofit organizations in California.
March 26, 2012
A federal appeals court today upheld all but one of the corruption convictions of former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.).
March 23, 2012
The House Ethics Committee confirmed today that it is looking into possible ethics violations by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) and Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) after an independent ethics office recommended that the allegations about the two lawmakers needed further review.
March 22, 2012
More than half of the Members of the House of Representatives have used their position to financially enrich themselves or their families, according to an exhaustive report released today by a nonprofit ethics group.