- - Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Ethics panel stalls Jackson case

The House ethics committee says it will comply with a Justice Department request to take no action in an investigation of Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat.

The committee’s announcement Tuesday follows normal practice when the department is concerned that a congressional inquiry would interfere with its investigation.

The ethics panel is investigating whether Mr. Jackson, or someone acting on his behalf, offered to raise funds for Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich in return for an appointment to the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after he won the presidency.

A federal jury in August convicted Blagojevich on one count of lying to the FBI and deadlocked on 23 other counts, including those related to the Senate seat.

A retrial is set for April 20.


Strategist delivers scathing resignation

A top Republican National Committee strategist has resigned in a scathing letter that blasts Michael S. Steele’s tenure as chairman and said that as much as 70 percent of money raised went to fundraising costs.

RNC political director Gentry Collins left behind a five-page letter to Mr. Steele and senior members of the RNC on Tuesday. In it, he notes that the RNC spent too much money on fundraising and is broke.

The RNC responded with a memo saying it raised $24 million more than did the party during 1994’s takeover of Congress, if indexed to inflation.

Mr. Steele’s tenure at the RNC has been rocky, and several candidates are weighing bids should he seek another term.

Mr. Collins‘ memo was first reported by Politico.


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