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By Isaac Orr
New carbon-dioxide rules would put America in the dark
Topic - Robert E. Andrews
The Federal Election Commission has dropped a long-running campaign finance investigation into former New Jersey Democratic Rep. Robert E. Andrews, despite the objections of a leading campaign finance watchdog.
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.
The House Ethics Committee said Tuesday it has begun investigations of two veteran lawmakers accused of misusing or failing to report campaign money.
President Obama on Wednesday renominated two Democratic members of the National Labor Relations Board whose recess appointments were ruled unconstitutional — the same day House Republicans moved to temporarily shut down the agency.
After accusing President Obama of keeping his real second-term agenda out of the public eye, Mitt Romney found himself on the receiving end of a similar line of attack from Democrats, who said the former Massachusetts governor is the one hiding his true political colors.
House Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday joined President Obama and a chorus of other Democrats in suggesting that Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, New York Democrat, resign, while a member of Mr. Weiner's state congressional delegation said she expects him to quit soon.
"I have always stated that any fair review of the facts and law would lead to a dismissal of these false and politically motivated accusations," Mr. Andrews said. " I am very grateful to my former constituents for their support and friendship through the years. My family and I are also very thankful for the outpouring of good wishes we have received since I joined the private sector."
"Unlike Ms. Sloan's fringe group, which refuses to disclose who finances its smear campaigns against public officials and their children, the FEC embraced transparency and fair procedures," he said. "I am very grateful for this final resolution. I again thank my constituents for their support."