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  • Illinois congressman's hiring of lobbyist faulted

    The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will not appoint a special panel to investigate allegations that Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois improperly hired a Chicago lobbyist to act as a de facto staff member for a decade.

  • FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks at a meeting of university officials in Little Rock, Ark. Former Chief Justice Jack Holt Jr. Holt, a Democrat, filed an ethics complaint questioning Cotton's work for a management consulting firm claiming the freshman lawmaker violated House rules by not identifying any of the clients for whom he provided services in excess of $5,000. Republican Cotton is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

    Ethics complaint against Rep. Tom Cotton dismissed

    A House ethics panel dismissed a complaint against Arkansas congressman and Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Cotton that accused him of illegally soliciting donations during a radio interview at the U.S. Capitol, according to a letter released by his campaign Wednesday.

  • **FILE** Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington Republican, is seen here Jan. 28, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Ethics panel: No full probe of McMorris Rodgers

    The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will not appoint a special panel to investigate allegations that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-highest ranking House Republican, improperly combined campaign and official funds in a GOP leadership race and her re-election campaign.

  • House Ethics Committee looking at McMorris Rodgers

    The House Ethics Committee is considering an investigation of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, the fourth-ranking member of House Republican leadership, committee officials said Thursday.

  • FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., center, speaks along with Reps. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., left, and Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., at a news conference in Clarksboro, N.J.   Andrews will leave Congress within weeks after 23 years in office, according to a person with direct knowledge of the New Jersey Democrat's plans. The 56-year-old was first elected to Congress to represent a district outside Philadelphia in 1990. He intends to join a law firm with offices in Washington as a senior partner. A congressional ethics committee has been looking into Andrews' spending after reports more than two years ago that he was using campaign funds for frequent trips to California, where his daughter had a fledgling singing and acting career. (AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill)

    US Rep. Rob Andrews of NJ resigning after 23 years

    U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews announced Tuesday that he is resigning from Congress after more than 23 years, a decision that could short-circuit a House Ethics Committee inquiry into whether the New Jersey Democrat used campaign donations for personal purposes.

  • **FILE** Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Michele Bachmann faces congressional ethics investigation

    Rep. Michele Bachmann has found herself tangled in an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) for allegations of improperly transferring campaign funds.

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, applauds after handing the gavel to House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, who was re-elected as House Speaker of the 113th Congress, on Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

    House leaders save ethics unit

    House leaders reappointed the board of directors for a congressional ethics panel Wednesday, officially allowing the House-funded investigative unit to remain up and running.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Charlie Rangel, New York Democrat (Associated Press)

    Small office has big job as monitor of ethics in the House

    To many Washington outsiders, congressional ethics is an oxymoron or fodder for late-night comedians, but watchdogs and longtime Washington observers point to one hopeful sign — an office they believe is helping members take ethics rules more seriously.

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Florida Democrat, denies the sexual harassment claims of a former aide. An ethics probe reportedly has been launched.

    Complaint stirs ethics review of Hastings

    A conservative legal group said Wednesday the congressional ethics office is looking into allegations that Florida congressman Alcee L. Hastings sexually harassed a female former aide.

  • Inside the Beltway

    OK. Never fear, there is a nativity scene in the White House. Located in the East Room, it's the same one that has been there since 1967, says Semonti Stephens, deputy press secretary for first lady Michelle Obama - whose first words during a press preview Wednesday were, "Happy holidays. All right now, it's Christmas."

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CHALLENGING CHARGES: Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, says she "simply will not be forced to admit to something I did not do."

    Waters faces ethics charge

    The House ethics committee will accuse Rep. Maxine Waters of breaking the chamber's rules after a year-long investigation into allegations she sought the Treasury Department's help for a bank in which her husband was invested, the committee said Monday.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, is pictured on Capitol Hill in Washington in October 2009.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    House ethics panel files charges against Maxine Waters

    The House ethics committee will charge that Rep. Maxine Waters violated the chamber's rules after a yearlong investigation into allegations she tried to aid a bank in which her husband was invested, the committee said Monday.

  • Rep. Peter J. Visclosky, Indiana Democrat, speaks in Merrillville, Ind., in January 2005. A federal grand jury has subpoenaed records of Mr. Visclosky in a criminal probe involving a top lobbying firm that specialized in funneling federal contracts to defense firms. (Associated Press)

    E-mails lay bare firms' pay-to-play links to lawmaker

    Defense contractors who openly discussed a suspected pay-to-play scheme in e-mails released by congressional ethics investigators had ties to a powerful lobbying firm and won millions of dollars in federal earmarks after contributing to the campaign of an Indiana congressman.

  • Ethics office checks lobbying influence

    Acting on a tip, a congressional ethics office wants lobbyists to turn over fundraising information on eight House members, six of them on the Financial Services Committee that worked to overhaul the nation's financial regulations.

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