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.
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.
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Rep. Kaptur's Earmarks Part of Ethics Probe
"If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side."
-- Orson Scott Card
(1951- ) Novelist
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.
Democratic Rep. Pete Visclosky’s taste in pork has changed considerably amid a federal investigation into his office’s earmarking and fundraising practices, and that’s just one sign that the shy appropriator is adjusting to his new life in the spotlight of a Washington scandal.
Visclosky once earmarked millions of Pentagon dollars a year for private companies outside his home state of Indiana but now seeks cash only for public works, educational institutions and the National Guard in the Hoosier State.
Wall Street's Naked Swindle
A scheme to flood the market with counterfeit stocks helped kill Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers — and the feds have yet to bust the culprits
Posted Oct 14, 2009
Watch Matt Taibbi break down short-selling vs. naked short-selling on his blog, Taibblog.
This index pulls data from different sources. It 's an interesting read
Get a bat and turn the music up. Then cut up your credit cards and send them back from where they came with a big GFY message....and pull your money out of the big boys and put it in the local community bank...if you can find one. I love this guy. Lots of F-bombs so be forewarned.
A RESOUNDING CALL TO DEFEND AMERICA'S SOVEREIGNTY AND SAVE OUR NATION FROM GLOBAL ECONOMIC TAKEOVER -- FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE OBAMA NATION AND THE LATE GREAT USA
Monday, October 19, 2009
The Bosses Have the Public Sector in Their Sights.
What happened in Detroit doesn’t stay in Detroit. The market don’t discriminate
“[Secret ballot] elections are profoundly undemocratic.”
Those are the words of Big Labor lawyer Craig Becker, Barack Obama’s latest nominee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). . .
. . . and the man your U.S. Senators could be asked to confirm any day now.
That’s why it’s vital you call your U.S. Senators TODAY and demand that they vote against the nomination of Craig Becker to the NLRB.
Here are your Senators' numbers:
Senator Sherrod Brown: 202-224-2315
Senator George Voinovich: 202-224-3353
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.
October 14, 2009
Still on the Job, but at Half the Pay
By LOUIS UCHITELLE
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — The dark blue captain’s hat, with its golden oak-
leaf clusters, sits atop a bookcase in Bryan Lawlor’s home, out of
reach of the children. The uniform their father wears still displays
the four stripes of a commercial airline captain, but the hat stays
home. The rules forbid that extra display of authority, now that Mr.
Lawlor has been downgraded to first officer.