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Congressional Ethics

The Rise and Fall of Mario Biaggi: Reminder of Why the Illegal Gratuities Statute Should be Revived

Meredith McGehee | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

Many readers probably overlooked the recent obituary of disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-NY). But the rise and fall of this former policeman...

The U.S. Senate: A Body in Denial

Meredith McGehee | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

Remedial action is necessary if the U.S. Senate has any interest in becoming relevant again to our nation's political discourse. While certainly no cure for what ails the body, a first step toward building back the institution's credibility is to strengthen the Senate's ethics process.

Paul Blumenthal

Did Congress Really Delete A Key Disclosure Rule For Lobbyist Gifts? Not Really. | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It sounds so typical of Congress. An unnoticed committee action makes it harder for the public to figure out who's paying for private tr...

Paul Blumenthal

This Law Firm Wants To Just Forgive A Half-Million Dollars Owed By A Congressman | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Should a prominent law and lobbying firm be able to forgive nearly half a million dollars in debt incurred by a sitting U.S. congressman...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOMA Gives Gay Politicians 'Free Pass' On Ethics, Says Watchdog | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most arguments against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) focus on the multitude of rights and benefits denied to same-sex couples whose...

Majority of K Street Lobbyists' Former Capitol Hill Staff

David K. Rehr | Posted 01.12.2013 | DC
David K. Rehr

Newly released data from the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at George Washington University reveal, for the first time, that nearly 55...

Landmark Research Released on How Washington Lobbyists View Federal Lobbying Disclosure Laws

David K. Rehr | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
David K. Rehr

What is HLOGA's aim? How does it affect advocacy? These questions seem to resonate more by the day.

Weiner, Begone!

Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Tea Partiers Slam John Boehner Over Plan To Kill Ethics Watchdog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In spite of that expectation, Boehner is threatening to axe the Office of Congressional ethics. Established in March of 2008 after the Jack Abramoff s...

Lawmakers Seek Cash During Key Votes

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Numerous times this year, members of Congress have held fundraisers and collected big checks while they are taking critical steps to write new laws, d...

Denial Isn't Just a River in Egypt

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

"The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet." -- Mark Twain In a way, Mark...

House Republicans Plan To Kill Major Ethics Watchdog

National Journal | By Eliza Newlin Carney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

But behind closed doors, Boehner's agenda clashes head-on with the populist rhetoric of many newly elected Republican House members. Even as they outl...

Big Ticket Democrats

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam


A Tale of Two Congresswomen

Mimi Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mimi Kennedy

Why is Waters attacked for something remotely involving her husband while Harman receives no questions at all as her husband buys Newsweek?

Religious Group Linked To C Street House Paid For More Than $100,000 Of Congressional Trips

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A handful of Members of Congress have accepted more than $100,000 worth of free international travel from the religious organization affiliated with t...

It's a Swamp Thing

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The thing about promising to drain the swamp is that people tend to remember. Then they expect you to do it. What a pain in the gavel! Actually, that's only partially true.

HuffPost's Congressional Ethics Clock: How Long Will Rangel, Ensign Probes Take?

Huffington Post | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the wake of the scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, congressional leaders vowed two years ago to get tough on ethics violations. Th...