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Christopher Brauchli | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

When Socrates and his two great disciples composed a system of rational ethics, they were hardly proposing practical legislation for mankind. . . They...

Republicans Euthanize Ethics Watchdog (Updated)

Marty Rudoy | Posted 01.19.2017 | Comedy
Marty Rudoy

Washington DC: Goodyear Satire Co.-- House Republicans voted to kill the independent Office of Congressional Ethics on Monday night, but reversed the...

Ethics Probe Halts Congressional Travel To Turkey; Free Trips Overall Have Slowed

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

House lawmakers and their staffers used to make about 150 stops there a year on their privately sponsored jaunts around the world. Then came a massive ethics investigation, and they all stopped taking those free trips to Turkey -- cold.

Congressman Thinks Toothless Ethics Office Too Tough, So He Tries To Cut It

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A vote to slash funding for the independent office that reviews and investigates allegations of misconduct by members of Congress and th...

I'll Vote for That

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Katharine Rose

The mere idea that members of Congress should be required to take annual ethics training speaks volumes about how far we have strayed from our founders' values, but may be necessary as a first step toward restoring decency and respectability in our nation's capital.

Alex Lazar

Highest-Ranking House GOP Woman Accused By Ex-Staffer Of Mistreatment | Alex Lazar | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

Todd Winer, a former communications director for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), is accusing the powerful GOP congresswoman of trying to "intim...

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...

Ethics Watchdog Calls GOP Campaign Boss 'Scam Artist'

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An ethics watchdog filed a formal request Wednesday for an investigation of National Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Wa...

Probe Rep. Petri for Pentagon Contractor Conflict of Interest

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Gannet reported that Wisconsin Republican Tom Petri had successfully gone to bat for a Pentagon contractor in which Petri owned hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock, causing the value of Petri's investment in the company to rise, possibly as much as $200,000.

House Committee Rules To Continue Bachmann Ethics Probe

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

The House Ethics Committee's campaign finance investigation of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has reached its next phase. Facing a Sept. 11 deadli...

Paul Blumenthal

Bachmann's Legal Expenses Are Soaring | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legal expenses for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) soared in the month after congressional ethics and criminal investigations were opene...

GOP, Dem Reps Under Investigation For Ethics Violations

Roll Call | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Friday that it has received cases related to Reps. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., and Aaron Schock, R-Ill., from the indepen...

Jennifer Bendery

Dem Congresswoman Gets Big Punishment | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an embarrassment for Democrats, the House on Thursday reprimanded Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) -- and slapped her with a $10,000 ...

Loophole May Allow Lawmakers' Families To Profit From Insider Information | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics

Lawmakers proclaimed that the bill, officially called the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, would restore trust in government. It also appl...

Dem Senate Contender In Ethics Investigation

Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it is opening a full probe of Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) for advocating for a kidney clinic ...

Lucia Graves

House Dems Hit GOP Lawmaker Over Fundraising Schemes | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In advance of House Speaker John Boehner's Florida fundraising event with Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) on Saturday, the Democratic Congre...

NYT Admonishes John Boehner For Fundraising Event

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is raising eyebrows with his scheduled fundraiser appearance alongside Rep. Vern Buchanan, the wealthy Florida Rep...

GOP Fund-Raiser Faces Inquiries

The New York Times | ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

Last year, House Republican leaders tapped an up-and-coming Florida lawmaker, Representative Vern Buchanan, to lead the party’s fund-raising for can...

Tea Party Favorite Could Face Ethics Probe Over Child Support Debt

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago

Over the weekend, freshman Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) vowed to "privately and legally" fight claims by his ex-wife that he owes more tha...

Michael McAuliff

Rep. Gregory Meeks Investigated Over $40,000 'Gift' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York members of the House are keeping the ethics committee awfully busy these days, with yet another member of the delegation being ...

Ethics Committee Staff Reportedly Communicated In Secret With Republicans, Tainted Probes Into Democrats

Politico | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics

The former staff director of the House Ethics Committee accused two top committee lawyers last year of secretly communicating with Republicans on the ...

Two Congress Members Under House Ethics Investigation

Politico | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

The Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent watchdog unit, has referred cases involving Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) ...

Congress' Ludicrously Lax Employment Negotiation Rules

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

A lawmaker may elect to disclose their employment negotiations after they have already negotiated, left Congress, and received a paycheck! Why even have these rules to begin with?

Rangel and the Ghosts of Censure

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Rangel is among an uncomfortably long list of Black lawmakers being probed by the House Ethics Committee, and many wonder out loud about the motivations.

What of Ethics Office, Mr. Boehner?

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

Boehner's threat to shut down the Office of Congressional Ethics does not inspire confidence that Republicans will take ethics more seriously this time around.