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Topic - Melanie Sloan
The chairman of the House Ethics Committee sounded retreat Thursday, saying the panel will rescind a controversial change to disclosure requirements for lawmakers who are given free trips, a change that had been harshly criticized by watchdog groups.
A prominent Washington watchdog group is calling for an investigation into charges that improper lobbying influenced the Obama administrationto reduce the standards for the use of renewable fuels in the nation's gasoline.
Despite federal officials taking hundreds of personal trips at taxpayer expense, little has been done to correct the issue and there is still limited oversight on the use of the government's aircraft fleet, a new investigation has found.
Veteran Rep. Robert E. Andrews, New Jersey Democrat, announced Tuesday that he will be stepping down to join a private law firm in Philadelphia, denying that a pending investigation into his campaign finances played a role in his decision to leave office.
Tea party groups, Franklin Graham, Christine O'Donnell, a pro-marriage group. And now Dr. Ben Carson. The list of conservatives targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for audits, tax-exempt reviews or tax privacy breaches keeps growing, raising fresh questions in Washington about whether a scandal the Obama administration has blamed on bureaucratic incompetence and coincidence may in fact involve something more nefarious.
A government watchdog group demanded Monday in a letter that Attorney General Eric Holder investigate James Clapper, accusing the intelligence head of lying about NSA intelligence collection practices during recent congressional testimony.
Rep. Nick J. Rahall II is the only lawmaker among 107 in Congress who own property in the District to claim a homestead deduction, taking advantage of a tax deduction reserved for D.C. homeowners who claim their D.C. property as their "principal residence," tax records show.
A government watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Crossroads GPS, the conservative advocacy group affiliated with the super PAC American Crossroads, over an ad the organization is running on several U.S. Senate candidates, including Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine.
For many candidates in energy-boom states, support for increased oil and gas drilling isn't just sound policy — it's also good for their personal business.
Jurors in John Edwards campaign corruption trial said Friday they were deadlocked on most charges because the former presidential contender never actually received any money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress, and they didn't believe the star witness' account of the cover-up.
A congresswoman who has been investigated by authorities for misuse of public money billed $20,000 to taxpayers for an elaborately catered luncheon this summer, the only one of its size funded by the public.
On Sept. 20, 2010, right after Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell became the GOP's U.S. senatorial nominee in Delaware, a political watchdog group filed two ethics complaints against her. Miss O'Donnell subsequently was dragged through the mud by the liberal
A public-watchdog group is taking aim at the discounts that various drug companies offer physician health-care groups, saying they hurt both the market and the consumers of these medical products.
Ms. Sloan admitted that a reversal was easier for the ethics panel to institute because the information in question already had to be disclosed, but outside groups have a tougher time trying to expand the level of disclosure.
"If we had been actually asking for more additional disclosure of information, you can bet they wouldn't have caved so quickly," Ms. Sloan said in an interview. "That said, this is a good victory."