Tag Archives: Investigations

“‘Speech Or Debate’ Clause Invoked In Investigations Of House Members”

The Washington Post examines the role played by the Constitution’s “speech or debate” clause in recent investigations of House Members.

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New Study Finds Role Of Outside Groups In 2010 Election Overstated

Politico published an article discussing a new study from the Wesleyan Media Project concluding that the media and campaign finance reformer claims that outside group spending broke all records in the 2010 election may have been overstated. Despite the heightened … Continue reading

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Another Democratic Officeholder Asks IRS To Suppress Political Speech

CQ Politics reports that a third Democratic Senator has asked the IRS to investigate a nonprofit in an effort to suppress political speech. Can you imagine the outrage in 2006 if three Republican Senators, in their official capacities, asked a … Continue reading

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White House, Democrats And Their Soft Money Allies Continue Smear Campaign Despite No Evidence

CBS News reports that the White House, Congressional Democrats and their soft money allies are continuing their smear campaign against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce despite the fact that senior White House officials admitted over the weekend that there is … Continue reading

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White House Admits No Evidence To Support Allegations Against U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The New York Times published a must-read article today deconstructing the coordinated smear campaign by the White House, Congressional Democrats, and their soft-money, pro-regulation allies alleging that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce used funds from foreign sources to finance its … Continue reading

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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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FEC News – FEC Takes Final Action On Six Enforcement Matters

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) recently made public the results of six Matters Under Review (commonly referred to as “enforcement matters” or “cases”).  In one matter, the FEC dismissed a complaint against the Obama presidential campaign alleging conversion of campaign funds for … Continue reading

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GAO To Probe ACORN’s Use of Federal Funds

The Hill reports that the General Accountability Office has informed two House Republicans that it will probe ACORN’s use of federal funds.

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Betrayal of Trust – Campaign Embezzlement Issues

The National Journal also published an interesting article about campaign and political committee staffers who embezzle funds from their employers and the difficult legal and political issues for the victims.

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U.S. Supreme Court To Examine Honest Services Fraud Statute

The New York Times published an article previewing the U.S. Supreme Court’s three cases on the honest services fraud statute that was used by federal prosecutors in the Jack Abramoff matter to secure plea agreements from Members of Congress, Congressional … Continue reading

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Social Media Strikes Again

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire published an interesting post about the role Facebook played in discovering that White House security was breached during President Obama’s first state dinner.  The revelation was made yesterday during the Secret Service Director’s testimony before … Continue reading

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FEC Dismisses Coordination Case

See the blog post here revealing that the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) dismissed a coordination complaint against the Oregon Democratic Party (“ODP”).  The complaint alleged that advertisements featuring then-Democratic senatorial nominee Jeff Merkley sponsored and paid for by the ODP with … 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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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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New ACORN Video

The Washington Post reports that the activists who posed as a pimp and prostitute at various ACORN offices have released a new video.  The activists claim that the video refutes ACORN’s claims that they were not provided any help and … Continue reading

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