White House Rolls Back Lobbyist Ban

By: Friday August 15, 2014 10:18 am

While there was always some debate as to whether President Obama had genuinely kept his promise to ban lobbyists from his administration and the polickymaking process, now there is no doubt that the 2010 ethics package is void. After a lawsuit was brought by lobbyists, the Office of Management and Budget issued a new rule allowing [...]

Center For American Progress Offers Back Door For Special Interests

By: Monday June 3, 2013 7:40 am

The Center For American Progress (CAP) is still refusing to answer questions about its donors raised by The Nation magazine. CAP is one of the most influential reportedly liberal think tanks in Washington and has numerous connections to the White House and Democrats in Congress. For those looking to gain influence with the current gang [...]

Waters Cleared in Long-Running Ethics Case

By: Friday September 21, 2012 12:15 pm

The House Ethics Committee has cleared Maxine Waters of wrongdoing in a celebrated but thin case over whether she improperly set up a meeting between the Treasury Department and a troubled bank in which her husband had a stake. Her chief of staff (and grandson), Mikael Moore, still faces scrutiny. But Waters “went above and [...]

Republican Calvinball Watch: WI State Supreme Court Republicans Dissolve Ethics Case By Recusal

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 10:15 am

Here’s an ingenious example of using a system to your advantage. You may remember David Prosser. He’s the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who won a re-election campaign when a clerk in Waukesha County “found” a bag of ballots at the last minute. He also made headlines for grabbing his fellow state Supreme Court justice by [...]

STOCK Act Has Loophole That Could Allow Insider Trading By Congressional Spouses

By: Friday July 20, 2012 12:55 pm

CNN managed to do some news reporting outside of reading viewer Twitter feeds today, and they came up with a loophole in the STOCK Act that would render it fairly meaningless. If you remember, the STOCK Act was the bill that rocketed to passage after allegations of insider trading among members of Congress, using at [...]

Revelations of Ethics Lapses at Treasury Speak to Regulatory Capture

By: Monday July 16, 2012 9:35 am

Because the Treasury Department needed another headache, a series of FOIA requests show that individual employees engaged in a series of unethical activities: Treasury Department officials have been cited for soliciting prostitutes, breaking conflict-of-interest rules and accepting gifts from corporate executives, according to the findings of official government investigations. The revelations of unethical behavior at [...]

Republican FCIC Commissioners Shared Internal Documents with Outside Operatives

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 1:20 pm

When Darrell Issa took over the House Oversight Committee, Democrats were nervous that he would use it as a launching pad to pummel the White House with frivolous investigations. It hasn’t really worked out that way. And now, he’s covering investigations up. Issa opened an inquiry last year into the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which [...]

Issa’s Staff Problem

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 7:46 am

This couldn’t happen to a nicer guy: Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the powerful Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has launched an inquiry into whether spokesman Kurt Bardella improperly shared e-mails from other reporters with a New York Times reporter writing a book on Washington’s political culture, POLITICO has learned. Bardella has been [...]

Local Law Enforcement, Officials Angered by Walker Consideration of Planting Troublemakers at Rallies

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 9:42 am

MADISON, WI (FDL) – In the Capitol Rotunda, virtually everyone is talking about the release of the prank phone call from “David Koch” to Scott Walker. “I love when people get tripped up by their own words,” said one protester, a former Wisconsinite who drove down from Minneapolis to be at the Capitol. An older [...]

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