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November 26, 2012 | By Morgan Little
The House Ethics Committee said Monday that it would begin an inquiry into whether Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) violated campaign finance laws. First though, the committee will defer to a separate investigation from the Justice Department, which is also looking into whether Grimm, who recently won reelection over Democrat Mark Murphy, is guilty of a number of infractions. The Ethics Committee listed possible solicitation and acceptance of illegal campaign contributions, falsification of information included in campaign finance reports and offering to assist a foreign national obtain a green card in exchange for campaign contributions.
November 16, 2012 | By Dan Turner
In the era of "super PACs" and secretive political contributions, the webs woven by outside political groups can be so tangled that it's a wonder they don't confuse even the darkness-loving arachnids who spun them. But the story behind a mailer sent by an outside political group to boost the campaign of Rep. Brad Sherman is such a masterpiece of cynical manipulation that one can't help but admire it -- in much the same way you might admire the elegance of a black widow just before she pumps the body politic full of venom.
November 2, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of President Obama on the same day that Washington pledged to pay the full cost of providing emergency power and public transportation to the storm-battered city is drawing charges of "political payback" from a Kansas congressman. "It smacks of cronyism that within hours of being granted a special level of federal reimbursement in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg announces his endorsement of President Barack Obama," Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Republican, said in a statement posted on his website.
October 24, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - The son of a Virginia congressman resigned from his father's campaign Wednesday after an undercover video captured him discussing possible voter fraud. Patrick Moran, whose father is Democratic Rep. James P. Moran, was secretly recorded in a video posted by conservative activist James O'Keefe. In the video, Moran, who was working as his father's campaign field director, talks about using utility bills and other documents to evade Virginia's new voter ID laws.
October 12, 2012
Sam M. Gibbons Longtime Florida congressman Former U.S. Rep. Sam M. Gibbons, 92, a Democrat who served 17 terms in Congress and rose to head the powerful Ways and Means Committee before his retirement, died in his sleep late Tuesday or early Wednesday at a retirement home in Tampa, Fla., according to his son Tim. Elected in 1962, Gibbons never lost an election and was among the Tampa Bay region's best-known politicians. He pushed through legislation to create the University of South Florida while serving in the Florida Legislature in the 1950s.
October 10, 2012 | Patt Morrison
David Dreier was 26, still living in a dorm at Claremont McKenna College and working as a college administrator, when he ran for Congress the first time, in 1978. He lost then but never thereafter. Sixteen times, Dreier was elected to the House of Representatives from a San Gabriel Valley/San Bernardino County district. He became the youngest-ever chairman of the Rules Committee, mastering the machinery of the House. But in February, he announced he would not seek reelection. He leaves behind a sharply redrawn district, and a Congress he insists is not so awfully different from the one he entered more than half his life ago. You went to Washington in the "Ronald Reagan Class of 1980.
October 5, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
A Maryland congressman has opened an investigation of a group that has tried to remove thousands of voters from registration rolls across the nation in advance of the presidential election. The inquiry by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings , a Democrat, is being started a week after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) urged the Justice Department to enforce voting rights laws, citing a Los Angeles Times article detailing attempts by an Ohio offshoot of the group, True the Vote, to strike hundreds of students and others from voting rolls.
September 25, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has gone from being the self-described victim of a politically motivated attack to the victim of grade-school vandalism. Grimm, whose staff discovered Sunday that chunks of concrete had been thrown through the windows of his Staten Island campaign office, initially said that the vandalism was a coverup for an “attack on democracy and the political process.” H is campaign first reported that computer systems full of “confidential” data pertaining to his reelection efforts had been completely wiped out after Linux had been installed onto the hard drives.
September 10, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A 52-year-old Georgia woman was being held Monday on charges that she unlawfully pointed a pistol at a South Carolina congressman, a congressional spokesman said. The woman, Gloria Yvonne Brackett, was arrested Sunday and was denied bond in Spartanburg, S.C., on Monday, said Josh Dix, a spokesman for Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy. Brackett is facing two counts, including pointing the weapon and unlawfully carrying the pistol, Dix said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
August 30, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times
TAMPA, Fla. - When Mitt Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, Rep. Mo Brooks plans to be in the hall, unlike most of his fellow freshmen in the influential tea party class in the House, who skipped the convention. The former prosecutor and state lawmaker had considered sticking to the campaign trail in his northern Alabama district, where he is running for reelection, but decided the stakes were too high to stay away. "It's a historic event, perhaps one of the last chances we have to save our country," Brooks said.
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