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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.
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February 6, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it has extended a preliminary probe into unspecified allegations against Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking House Republican who recently delivered her party's official response to the State of the Union address. The committee's action does not necessarily indicate that a violation of House rules has occurred, and McMorris Rodgers' office has denied any wrongdoing. The matter is in the hands of the 10-member ethics panel after the independent Office of Congressional Ethics referred the case in late December.
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NEWS
August 1, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee has recommended that Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) be reprimanded for pressuring her congressional staff to work on her political campaign, dealing a severe blow to her reelection bid . The House is expected to vote as early as Thursday on the rare punishment of one of its members for violating standards of conduct. Richardson also faces a $10,000 fine. In a scathing report issued Wednesday, the ethics panel's investigative subcommittee found Richardson improperly used House resources for campaign and personal purposes, compelled congressional staff to work on her campaign and obstructed the committee investigation "through the alteration or destruction of evidence" and "the deliberate failure to produce documents.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Rep. Trey Radel plans to resign, two months after the Florida Republican pleaded guilty to drug possession, prompting a congressional investigation and primary challenges in his district. Radel, 37, planned to inform House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) of his decision in a letter Monday, a spokesman said. The first-term congressman, a former radio and television host in the southwest Florida area he represents, agreed to one year of probation after pleading guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2010 | By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau
The bipartisan House Ethics Committee recommended Thursday that embattled New York Democrat Charles B. Rangel be censured by the full House of Representatives for ethics violations, the stiffest penalty a member can face short of expulsion. The House will probably take up the matter after Thanksgiving. Rangel would be the first congressman censured in almost 30 years. The Harlem representative had sought a lighter sanction. Before the vote, he asked the committee for leniency, pointing to his 40 years of service on Capitol Hill and saying "there was not even the suggestion of corruption" in the allegations against him. Unlike the defiant posture Rangel assumed this week, the 80-year-old former chairman of the Ways and Means Committee seemed resigned, even dispirited.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it had formally opened an investigation into the conduct of Rep. Trey Radel, the Florida Republican who pleaded guilty last month to drug possession after being caught in an undercover sting. The 10-member panel voted unanimously to establish an investigative subcommittee that will determine whether Radel's actions violated congressional rules. It could recommend sanctions, including a formal censure or even expulsion.
NEWS
July 20, 2011 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
—The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday announced the hiring of an outside counsel to review the case against Rep. Maxine Waters and misconduct allegations against the committee staffers involved in investigating the veteran Los Angeles congresswoman. The panel voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire Washington attorney Billy Martin. "Serious allegations have been made about the committee's own conduct in this matter," the panel's Republican chairman Jo Bonner of Alabama and top Democrat, Linda Sanchez of California, said in a statement.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2009 | Richard Simon
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) has been named chairwoman of the House Ethics Committee, taking over at a crucial time for the nation and further increasing California's clout in Washington. A pledge by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) to "drain the swamp" -- referring to a culture of corruption that many said had permeated Republican-controlled Washington -- helped Democrats win control of the House in 2006.
NEWS
May 14, 1999 | From the Washington Post
The House ethics committee has privately chastised House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) for threatening a Washington trade association with retaliation last year for hiring a prominent Democrat as its president, sources said Thursday. Although the panel has not released its letter cautioning DeLay about his conduct, the committee did issue a public memorandum this week warning House members, officers and employees against linking their official actions to partisan considerations.
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June 12, 1988 | Associated Press
The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it will conduct an official inquiry into accusations that Speaker Jim Wright violated House conflict-of-interest rules in his financial dealings. Committee Chairman Julian C. Dixon (D-Los Angeles) said the panel--six Democrats and six Republicans--unanimously approved "a preliminary inquiry in the matter of Speaker James Wright." "The Speaker of the House has been notified and has pledged his full cooperation," he said.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it had formally opened an investigation into the conduct of Rep. Trey Radel, the Florida Republican who pleaded guilty last month to drug possession after being caught in an undercover sting. The 10-member panel voted unanimously to establish an investigative subcommittee that will determine whether Radel's actions violated congressional rules. It could recommend sanctions, including a formal censure or even expulsion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- A government watchdog Tuesday sought a congressional investigation into California Rep. David Valadao's efforts to halt the state's high-speed rail project, saying the freshman failed to tell colleagues that the project could affect the property values of his family's Central Valley farmland. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch a probe into whether the Republican lawmaker "abused his position … to benefit his and his family's financial interests.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee has found no rules violations by  lawmakers and staffers who used a VIP loan program from Countrywide Financial Corp. saying the allegations of special treatment fell outside the panel's jurisdiction. The committee's leaders said its investigation largely led to the same conclusions as the Senate Ethics Committee, which determined in 2009 that there was "no substantial credible evidence" that Sen. Kent Conrad (D-S.D.) and former Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 25, 2012 | By Richard Simon, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday formally ended its investigation of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, announcing its unanimous decision to drop the case because the veteran Los Angeles lawmaker did not break any rules. The 10-member panel, evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, determined that the evidence "does not establish, to the standard of clear and convincing evidence, that Rep. Waters violated House rules. "   There was no immediate response from Waters' office.
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September 22, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - For three years, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) steadfastly maintained that during a call with the Treasury secretary in the midst of the nation's financial crisis she was looking out for the interests of all minority-owned banks - not just one with ties to her husband. She did nothing wrong, she said repeatedly. On Friday, the House Ethics Committee investigator agreed. His recommendation, expected to be approved by the panel, would bring to an end a long and often tumultuous ethics case against Waters, who was accused of improperly helping a bank in which her husband owned stock.
NEWS
April 11, 1989 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
The House Ethics Committee has concluded tentatively that Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) broke House rules by failing to report as gifts a number of benefits received from a Texas business partner, a source close to the investigation said Monday. The panel provisionally agreed with its special counsel, Chicago attorney Richard J. Phelan, that the partnership was used to funnel gifts to Wright in the form of an almost rent-free apartment, a Cadillac and an annual $18,000 salary for his wife, the source said.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Richard Simon, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach), who drew a rare House reprimand last month, is once again drawing scrutiny from the House Ethics Committee. The panel has advised Richardson that it continues to receive complaints about her even after she was admonished for improperly pressuring her congressional staffers to work on her campaign, verbally abusing and intimidating them and using taxpayer-funded resources for personal and political activities.  The committee continues to receive "disturbing allegations that you have engaged in intimidating conduct towards your official staff" and misuse of her office budget, according to a recent letter it sent to Richardson.  "Any further conduct that has the effect of retaliating against or intimidating your staff…may constitute a new violation of House rules and/or federal law. " There was no immediate response from the congresswoman.
NEWS
August 2, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) is getting lots of press this week, just not the kind that a candidate running for reelection might hope to attract. On Wednesday, the House Committee on Ethics recommended Richardson be reprimanded for violating codes of ethics and standards of conduct and fined $10,000. The committee concluded that Richardson pressured her legislative staff to work on her campaign, often against their will. Richardson is running against Rep. Janice Hahn in the newly created 44 th Congressional District that stretches from San Pedro to Watts and across to South Gate.
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