Category Archives: Ethics

OCE Rules And The Need For Reform

Apologies for not posting for a while.  Here is a link to my recent Politico op-ed discussing the need to reform the Office of Congressional Ethics (“OCE”) rules to provide greater transparency for subjects and to provide them with a … Continue reading

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Ethics – Second Congressional Democrat Faces Ethics Charges

The Los Angeles Times reports that Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) faces ethics allegations stemming from her efforts to help a bank with ties to her husband.  A source close to Representative Waters indicates that she intends to contest the charges … Continue reading

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Pro-Regulation Groups Lament White House Ethics Czar’s Anticipated Departure

The Hill reports that pro-regulation groups are lamenting the anticipated departure of White House Ethics Czar, Norm Eisen, to become an ambassador.  They are lobbying the White House to maintain the position in the White House Counsel’s Office.

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White House Discusses Transparecy Initiatives

The National Journal published a post discussing comments made by Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, about the administration’s transparency initiatives during a panel discussion on the topic.

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Congressional Democrats’ Ethics Issues

The Washington Post published an article highlighting the ethics investigations pending against Congressional Democrats and discussing their possible impact on the 2010 midterm elections.

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House Ethics Committee Training

Roll Call ($) published an article regarding the House Ethics Committee’s training of the Chambers over 10,000 employees – a monumental task.

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NYT Examines Post-HLOGA Congressional Travel

The New York Times published an article examining Congressional fact-finding travel after the enactment of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (“HLOGA”).  Apparently, the Times examined records concerning over 1,100 lawmaker trips sponsored by private organizations and … Continue reading

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White House Comments On CRS Lobbying Report

White House ethics counsel Norm Eisen published this post on the White House blog regarding the Congressional Research Service report on the lobbying restrictions adopted by the Obama Administration.

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CRS Report on Lobbying Restrictions – Update

The Congressional Research Service (“CRS”) report on the Obama Administration’s lobbying restrictions was the subject of a New York Times editorial this morning and an article in Politico.

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CRS Report on Obama Administration Lobbying Restrictions

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) published an article discussing a new report by the Congressional Research Service examining the recent executive branch lobbying restrictions by the Obama Administration and their impact on lobbyists’ relationships with executive branch decision makers.  Accordingly … Continue reading

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Latest on the Obama Administration’s Lobbying Restrictions

The Washington Post published an article today discussing the latest lobbying restrictions by the Obama Administration and their effect on federal agency advisory boards and commissions.  The article states: The initiative is aimed at a system of advisory committees so … Continue reading

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Office of Congressional Ethics Fires Back At House Ethics Committee

The Office of Congressional Ethics (“OCE”) released a public response to the criticisms made by the House Ethics Committee regarding OCE’s conduct in an investigation of a Member of Congress.  The preamble and introduction to the OCE response states: On … Continue reading

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Latest Round Between the Obama Administration and Lobbyists

The National Journal reports that lobbyists unhappy with the Obama Administration’s recent lobbying restrictions are organizing an effort to push back.

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White House Visitor Logs

Politico published this story on the release of the White House visitor logs.  The White House Blog post discussing the release can be found here.

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House Ethics Committee Report Inadvertently Disclosed

The Washington Post published a blockbuster story this morning discussing the details of an internal document from the House Ethics Committee that was inadvertently released by a low level Committee staffer.  The document discusses dozens House Ethics Committee inquiries concerning … Continue reading

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