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WASHINGTON—The accidental leak of a congressional ethics watchdog's report offers a rare glimpse into the internal workings of one of the most secretive bodies on Capitol Hill, revealing that the panel has dealt with a far larger number of lawmakers than previously publicly disclosed.

The House Ethics Committee has said publicly that it is formally investigating possible breaches by a total of eight current lawmakers at the present time. A confidential report disclosed by the Washington Post suggests the panel either spoke with, or examined behavior by, at least 30 lawmakers in July as part of several inquiries into whether lawmakers violated congressional rules.

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The document obtained by the Washington Post was an internal status report from July that summarized the committee's activities at the time. The report became public when a junior aide on the committee put the document on her personal computer and then used a peer-to-peer network, which allowed someone to hack into her computer and obtain the document. That person then gave the confidential material to the Washington Post.

The 10-member ethics panel, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, is one of the most secretive congressional committees. Lawmakers and panel staffers take a vow of secrecy and the panel rarely makes public statements about its activities.

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Before the Post report, the ethics panel had made public that it was looking into the activities of several lawmakers. One matter involved relationships between members of House's defense-spending panel and a lobbying firm, PMA Group. PMA Group has since closed.

The new revelations indicate that the PMA probe has involved a much larger number of lawmakers than previous public reports had indicated. The report shows the Ethics Committee has spoken to seven members of the defense-spending panel in an effort to determine whether lawmakers violated House ethics rules by trading spending earmarks for campaign donations.

The report names Reps. Jack Murtha (D., Pa.), Peter Visclosky (D., Ind.), James Moran (D., Va.), Norm Dicks (D., Wash.), Marcy Kaptur (D., Ohio), Bill Young (R., Fla.) and Todd Tiahrt (R., Kan.), according to the Washington Post.

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On Thursday, the ethics committee announced it has started full-blown investigations into Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) and Rep. Laura Richardson (D., Calif.). Those investigations were recommended by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The committee wants to know if Mrs. Waters violated ethics rules by helping direct federal bailout money to a Boston bank in which her husband owned shares and once served on the board of directors. The panel is investigating whether Mrs. Richardson received special treatment in a real-estate transaction.

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The Ethics Committee also announced that it had dismissed a case against Rep. Sam Graves (R., Mo.), which had sought to determine if he improperly invited an associate to testify at a congressional hearing.

In a report that accompanied the dismissal, the Ethics Committee criticized the work of the Office of Congressional Ethics as "fundamentally flawed."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125694460088919841.html

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Congress is not capable of controlling itself. The Congress is a corrupt bunch. Hanging a member or two who are taking corruption to the extreme out to dry every so often doesn't change the fact that their seats have been purchased by one interest group or another.

yet you trust them with nhc? :blink:


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Here's hoping for more leaks .... err.. sorry.. I meant TRANSPARENCY ! ;)


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I want to see the list!! :star:

I heard on NPR there are supposedly 30 members of congress under investigation but the media won't cough up the document.

Here is the best I could do:

Key Congressmen named in report:

  1. Rep. Barton (R-Tex.)
  2. Rep. Bishop (D-Ga.)
  3. Rep. Christian-Christensen (D-Virgin Islands)
  4. Rep. Dicks (D-Wash.)
  5. Rep. Engel (D-N.Y.)
  6. Rep. Graves (R-Mo.)
  7. Rep. Harman (D-Calif.)
  8. Rep. Jackson (D-Ill.)
  9. Rep. Kaptur (D-Ohio)
  10. Rep. Kilpatrick (D-Mich.)
  11. Rep. Mack (R-Fla.)
  12. Rep. Matsui (D-Calif.)
  13. Rep. Miller (R-Calif.)
  14. Rep. Moran (D-Va.)
  15. Rep. Murtha (D-Pa.)
  16. Rep. Payne (D-N.J)
  17. Rep. Rangel (D-N.Y.)
  18. Rep. Reyes (D-Tex.)
  19. Rep. Richardson (D-Calif.)
  20. Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Calif.)
  21. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.)
  22. Rep. Shuler (D-N.C.)
  23. Rep. Stark (D-Calif.)
  24. Rep. Tiahrt (R-Kan.)
  25. Rep. Thompson (D-Miss.)
  26. Rep. Towns (D-N.Y.)
  27. Rep. Visclosky (D-Ind.)
  28. Rep. Waters (D-Calif.)
  29. Rep. Young (R-Fla.)

and

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...ST2009102904609

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Congress is not capable of controlling itself. The Congress is a corrupt bunch. Hanging a member or two who are taking corruption to the extreme out to dry every so often doesn't change the fact that their seats have been purchased by one interest group or another.

yet you trust them with nhc? :blink:

Congress isn't running anything so there wouldn't be any concern on that end. As far as creating the system and setting it up, yeah, that's a problem. Look at the health care reform effort that has been butchered so badly by special interest groups that what's left is not only meaningless but will be a big, bad failure. They set it up where can't do anything but fail. And then they'll come and say "See I told you, a public option is a bad idea" while ignoring the fact that a public option that isn't available to the public isn't actually a public option. It's the product that the opponents of a public option created and mislabeled as a public option. It will be in no position to compete with private insurers. The only population the public option plan gets to compete over is that which either can't afford or won't be accepted by private insurers. Those that nobody wants because - from the get go - they cost more than they pay. What a way to keep the insurance industry honest. In fact, the insurance industry will find a way to dump all those that cost into the "public option" that really isn't one that start to cost them. Profits privatized, risk socialized - that's the essence of the USA. The whole goddamn Congress is just one big sellout.

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