A computer gaffe has revealed some of the secretive workings of the House ethics committee, including preliminary inquiries into complaints against 19 members and some of their staff. The accidental disclosure, made by a staffer who was later fired, sent a bipartisan jolt through Congress, which is already wary about new and long overdue mandates for greater ethical transparency.
Before taking control of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history." However, with dozens of mostly Democratic lawmakers and various staff under investigation by the House's twin ethics bodies, the majority clearly values political power over clean government.
The dozens of investigations of lawmakers revealed last week by an accidental ethics committee leak show that Democrats are living up to their pledge to make Congress more ethical, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday.
According to Columbus Dispatch, Marcy's spokesperson says "Kaptur was attempting to help Toledo-area companies"
Hmm, then why do you need donations?
Note Xunlight came up again in this article. If you investigate the times of the donations, who they donated to, then when they get federal money, the timing is quite interesting.
But let's not forget, this "helping them" reasoning has been used more than once.
Read the rest at:
Rep. Kaptur's Earmarks Part of Ethics Probe
Here is a news round-up from the past 24 hrs:
Ethics Inquiries Into Lawmakers Surface via Security Breach
House Ethics Panel Probes Earmarks by 7 Lawmakers
Ethics list heavy on defense spenders
Rep. Kaptur's earmarks part of ethics probe
What the House ethics papers say about the PMA probe
Washington Post is reporting Marcy Kaptur is one of the seven being investigated for her ties to the PMA Group in the PMA Scandal. To see the full history, please check out the link to the right.
According to the Post, Kaptur was interviewed last week about her activities.
WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrat Leadership unveiled H.R. 3962.
“After weeks of discussion behind closed doors with no Republican input, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat Leadership have finally unveiled their health care reform bill to the American people.
LATTA CALLS FOR HEARING ON SMALL BUSINESS LENDING
Letter to House Financial Services and Small Business Committees Asks for Hearings to Examine the State of Lending to Small Businesses
WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) sent a letter to House of Representatives Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) and House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) requesting a joint committee hearing on the state of lending to small businesses in the United States.
A federal investigation into defense contracts awarded through congressional earmarks is increasingly focused on a former top aide to Rep. Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.) who worked with the congressman on funding requests from clients of a powerful lobbying firm, according to two sources familiar with the probe.
WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2010 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill Conference Report. The Conference Report included language that Congressman Latta previously worked to get amended into the bill to prevent spring-open assisted knives from being classified as switchblades under a proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security.
Is Marcy's pet in trouble?
WASHINGTON — A proposal to establish a federal power marketing agency in the Great Lakes, and possibly use its proceeds to fund improvements or expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway, is not included in the latest climate change bill floated in the Senate, suggesting the issue will fall to a House-Senate conference committee next year.
Marcy makes it to another movie screening of Capitalism, but we are still waiting for a town hall. This puts her at least 3 screenings (NY, Detroit, D.C.) and 0 town halls.
Prior to his film’s screening at the AFI Theatre in Silver Spring Monday night, Moore sat down with POLITICO. He told us, “I’ve had more requests from members of Congress to get a copy of the film. … If millions of people in this country go to see this movie, [Congress] wants to know what [the public’s] really looking at, especially if it affects them.”
What is more disturbing about this statement Michael Moore said in an interview with LatinoReview.com?
I really hope that this movie just inspires and stimulates people to do any number of things that they can do, starting with don't leave your home because they can't produce the mortgage. I'm going to have a thing on my website with Marcy Kaptur, and by the way, that Congresswoman from Toledo, Ohio, when Obama's eight years are up can we just make her the first female president in the United States.
The "Capitalism" movie afterparty that Marcy attended as a guest of Michael Moore raised the eyebrows and even temper of some of the participants. NBC New York reports the irony of holding the afterparty in the "Esquire's swanky Soho show house"
Marcy Kaptur was excluded from the Center for Public Integrity's list of the most corrupt using Murtha' method of having former staffers request earmarks for clients. I asked CPI why this was the case and they confirmed that it was because they were specifically looking for former staffers requeswting and getting earmarks.
Dear Congreeswoman Kaptur,
“During the August district work period, I attended numerous meetings across the Fifth District and met with hundreds of constituents who made it clear that they are unhappy with the way Congress is conducting the current health care debate. Democrat Congressional leadership continues to rush health care legislation through both chambers, with no real explanation.
Residents demand she resign if she supports reform bill.