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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...

GOP Congressman Who Kept Paying Aide After Sexual Harassment Claims May Face Ethics Investigation

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

A prominent Democratic watchdog group on Tuesday called for an ethics investigation into a GOP congressman who continued paying his chief of staff sev...

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.

House Democratic Primary For California Seat Gets Pretty Ugly

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

Democrat Ro Khanna, a former Commerce Department official under President Barack Obama who's looking to unseat incumbent Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), f...

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.

Bachmann 'Convinced' She'll Be Cleared Of Ethics Charges

Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Tuesday that she believes she will be cleared of any wrongdoing as a congressional ethics probe looks into allega...

Bachmann Campaign Under Ethics Investigation

The Daily Beast | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

Eighteen months ago, the Minnesota House member was considered an unlikely but undeniable Republican rising star, winning the Iowa straw poll that uno...

Dems Call For GOP Rep.'s Investigation

The Huffington Post | Erin Mershon | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

Iowa Democrats have asked for an ethics investigation into Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), reports the Des Moines Register. King launched political attac...

GOP Rep Cleared In Insider Trading Probe

Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

The Office of Congressional Ethics found no evidence of Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) violating insider trading rules and has unanimously agreed to dro...

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...

Sources: GOP Congressman Faces Insider-Trading Investigation

The Washington Post | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee over possible violations of insider-trading...

Tyler Kingkade

DOMA Defense: Boehner Complaint Dropped By Watchdog Group CREW | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced he would spend $500,000 to hire an outside law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage...

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...

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.

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...

Amanda Terkel

Is The Office Of Congressional Ethics Be On The GOP Chopping Block? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With "transparency" and "accountability" the new buzz words amongst the incoming Republican lawmakers in Congress, one fixture that may ...

26 Sitting Lawmakers Corrupting the Halls of Congress

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

Ethics isn't about Republican or Democrat; it's about right and wrong. Both houses of Congress and both political parties have a less-than-stellar record on this issue.

In The Public Interest: The Crystal Ball of Congressional Ethics Enforcement

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

As we enter October, and the polarized election environment continues to sizzle with ethics accusations, it's a good time to take a hard look back at ...

Delusion on the Hill? The Earmark Puzzle

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Following the Supreme Court's weakening of the appearance of corruption standard in Citizens United, the Democratic Ethics Committee may now be doing the same.

Congressional Ethics Office Closes Inquiry Into Murtha, Dicks and Moran

Roll Call | Jennifer Yachnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Office of Congressional Ethics has closed its investigation into Reps. John Murtha (D-Pa.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) and their r...

CREW: 16 Members Of Congress Currently Under Investigation

Citizens For Responsibility And Ethics In Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today, CREW released a comprehensive list of members of Congress under investigation. Currently, there are 16 members -- 12 House members and four Sen...