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Amanda Becker

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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 Postís 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 Californiaís Annenberg School, where she received her masterís 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:

Ethics Panel Outlines How Rules Apply to Conventions

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.

Edwards Verdict a Blow to Public Corruption Prosecutions

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.

Reported CODEL Costs Fell Last Year

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.

Mark Kirk’s 2010 Campaign Payments to Girlfriend Draw Scrutiny

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.

Mark Kirk Accused of Violating Campaign Finance Law

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.

Senate Ethics Panel Admonishes Tom Coburn Over Contact With Ensign Aide

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.

Justice Department Urges Suspensions for Misconduct in Stevens Case

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.

Ohio: Donations to Jim Renacci, Josh Mandel Part of Federal Probe

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.

Ethics Panel Amends Rules at Hastily Called Public Meeting

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.

Tom Coburn's Pick of Aide Shows Latitude in Congressional Hiring

May 15, 2012

A Senator hiring a recent college graduate from his home state with previous political experience wouldn’t usually raise any eyebrows.

Jeff Landry Ads Raise Questions

May 11, 2012

Louisiana Rep. Jeff Landry’s 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.

FEC Fails to Approve Plans to Allow Dianne Feinstein to Resolicit Donors

May 10, 2012

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s re-election campaign can’t 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.

Ethics Panel Says It Will Continue Probe of Buchanan

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.

Members Continue to Tap Campaign Accounts for Legal Help in Ethics Cases

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.

David Rivera Will Not Be Charged Over Financial Issues

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.

Office of Congressional Ethics Releases Quarterly Activity Report

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.

Poker Players All-In on Joe Barton Bill

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.

Dianne Feinstein Campaign Asks FEC to Resolicit Donors

April 12, 2012

Lawyers for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s 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.

David Vitter’s Proud of, Well, Um ...?

April 8, 2012

Sen. David Vitter didn’t need another week of self-reflection after his latest dustup with the Senate Ethics Committee.

Durkee Case Jolts Elections

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 government’s case ended in a guilty plea Friday.

Ethics Talking Points Take Campaign Stage

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.

Campaign Treasurer to Be Charged With Embezzling Millions

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.

Appeals Court Upholds 10 of Jefferson’s Corruption Convictions

March 26, 2012

A federal appeals court today upheld all but one of the corruption convictions of former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.).

Ethics Panel to Review Allegations Against Shelley Berkley, Vern Buchanan

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.

Report: Members Use Positions for Profit

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.

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