November 26, 2012 |
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.
September 25, 2012 |
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.
September 22, 2012 |
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.
September 18, 2012 |
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.
August 2, 2012 |
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.
August 2, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - She reportedly made congressional staffers work on her campaign into the night - and when one asked to go home at 8 p.m., she ordered that person to make more phone calls. Staffers described her as verbally abusive and intimidating. And she used taxpayer money when planning a political fundraiser called "Democratic Idol," featuring members of Congress singing karaoke. For this and her "callous disregard for her staff and the resources entrusted to her by the American people," the House Ethics Committee recommended Wednesday that Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach)