House Ethics leak shows dozens of lawmakers under scrutiny

posted at 1:36 pm on October 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

A badly-secured file from the House Ethics Committee shows dozens of lawmakers under scrutiny for potential corruption charges — and one in particular who may face a less-friendly inquiry from the Justice Department.  Federal investigators asked the committee to suspend a years-long probe into the activities of Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), indicating that criminal charges may result.  The Washington Post reports the memo in two stories today:

House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July.

The report appears to have been inadvertently placed on a publicly accessible computer network, and it was provided to The Washington Post by a source not connected to the congressional investigations. The committee said Thursday night that the document was released by a low-level staffer.

The ethics committee is one of the most secretive panels in Congress, and its members and staff members sign oaths not to disclose any activities related to its past or present investigations. Watchdog groups have accused the committee of not actively pursuing inquiries; the newly disclosed document indicates the panel is conducting far more investigations than it had revealed.

The reason for the secrecy is simple; the information could be damaging to politicians whose corruption or unethical practices have not yet been proven.  In that sense, the revelation of these probes is at least nominally unfair, since the allegations behind them may not have any evidence to support the charges.  The Ethics Committee has acted incompetently in protecting that information.

On the other hand, none of these names are a surprise, as Michelle notes:

The investigations by two separate ethics offices include an examination of the chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on defense, John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), as well as others who helped steer federal funds to clients of the PMA Group. The lawmakers received campaign contributions from the firm and its clients. A document obtained by The Washington Post shows that the subcommittee members under scrutiny also include Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.), James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) , C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.).

The document also indicates that the House ethics committee’s staff recently interviewed the staff of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) about his allegation that a PMA lobbyist threatened him in 2007 when he resisted steering federal funds to a PMA client. The lobbyist told a Nunes staffer that if the lawmaker didn’t help, the defense contractor would move out of Nunes’s district and take dozens of jobs with him.

And two of our favorites are among them:

The House ethics committee announced Thursday it is investigating two California Democratic lawmakers, but its embarrassed leaders then had to explain that other members—named in a confidential memo that a hacker posted online—may have committed no wrongdoing.

The committee said it is investigating whether Rep. Maxine Waters used her influence to help a bank in which her husband owned stock, and whether the couple benefited as a result. Separately, the panel is investigating whether Rep. Laura Richardson failed to disclose required information on her financial disclosure forms and received special treatment from a lender.

I find this less than compelling.  The HEC has been a toothless entity under the direction of both parties, mostly existing as a facade for the appearance of clean government.  They rarely act unless all other options are excluded, and usually hope that the Justice Department relieves them of their burden to police themselves.  We’d like to think that either Democratic or Republican leadership really concerns itself with draining the swamp, but mostly they’re interested in using corruption as a bat at elections rather than cleaning it up — because the only way to really eliminate it would be to curtail the federal spending that creates it.

That’s why this is probably the only real news in the revelation:

The Justice Department has told the ethics panel to suspend a probe of Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.), whose personal finances federal investigators began reviewing in early 2006 after complaints from a conservative group that he was not fully revealing his real estate holdings. There has been no public action on that inquiry for several years. But the department’s request in early July to the committee suggests that the case continues to draw the attention of federal investigators, who often ask that the House and Senate ethics panels refrain from taking action against members whom the department is already investigating.

Mollohan said that he was not aware of any ongoing interest by the Justice Department in his case and that he and his attorneys have not heard from federal investigators. “The answer is no,” he said.

If the DoJ requested that the HEC stop its investigation, it must be onto something rather tasty.  Whether or not that results in charges remains to be seen, especially from this DoJ, but the news of such a probe is very interesting indeed.


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Their investigation last forever, which makes me think there is no investigation. Im not hoping to see these results in my lifetime.

becki51758 on October 30, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Only dozens under scrutiny? I would have thought it would be near 100′s in the house and senate!
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letget on October 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM

No Democrat will be prosecuted unless there is irrefutable physical evidence. And that type of case will take years to prosecute.

Freddy on October 30, 2009 at 1:41 PM

The HEC has been a toothless entity under the direction of both parties, mostly existing as a facade for the appearance of clean government. They rarely act unless all other options are excluded

spot on Ed!
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nothing will happen now for sure with this leakage…

cmsinaz on October 30, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Unethical Congresscritters acting unethically. Quel surprise.

kingsjester on October 30, 2009 at 1:43 PM

No Democrat will be prosecuted unless there is irrefutable physical evidence. And that type of case will take years to prosecute.

And even then, it still depends what the definition of “is” is.

Good Lt on October 30, 2009 at 1:43 PM

I’d love to see Maxine go down in a ball of flames. It would make my year. She is a despicable idiot.

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

I’m shocked, I say. Shocked!

UltimateBob on October 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Good ol’ Maxine Waters…

“What we are going to implement is socialis..is..ah… complete government control.”

Yeah, lucky you didn’t actually say “socialism.”

Daggett on October 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

See Charlie Rangel….

d1carter on October 30, 2009 at 1:45 PM

I’d love to see Maxine go down in a ball of flames. It would make my year. She is a despicable idiot.

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

I’d love to see her (and husband) sent to Cuba, where they could arrive with great expectations of the Castro-Workers’-Paradise only to find themselves sentenced to life in a crumbling fifth-floor one-room walkup without hot water and living on the 1 lb. bag of rice Castro doles out to them. That’ll be AFTER their tour in the castle by the sea expires.

Lourdes on October 30, 2009 at 1:47 PM

The Justice Department has the more important investigation of the PMA Group underway. It’s a big one and I believe it will lead to prison terms for Paul Magliochetti as well as a few Congressmen.

rockmom on October 30, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Maxine Waters has a warehouse full of race cards, which all translate into “Get Out of Jail Free” cards.

All she has to do is to get loud and that will end the investigation.

There is zero chance this woman will ever face justice for her crimes.

It’s pointless to waste time looking into them. She’s untouchable.

NoDonkey on October 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Maxine Waters surely has accrued more than enough criminal, complicit baggage by this hour to get her at least out of Congress. At least.

Lourdes on October 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Never hear about this on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NY TIMES, LA TIMES, etc.

You know the REAL media outlets.

Dr_Irish on October 30, 2009 at 1:49 PM

The Justice Department has the more important investigation of the PMA Group underway. It’s a big one and I believe it will lead to prison terms for Paul Magliochetti as well as a few Congressmen.

rockmom on October 30, 2009 at 1:47 PM

John Kerry will pay off the Justice Department however he can arrange whatever he wants and then Murtha will be sent off to live happily ever after where he can’t speak to anyone about John Kerry.

Just wait and see.

Lourdes on October 30, 2009 at 1:49 PM

House Ethics Committee…

The mother of all oxymorons.

TXUS on October 30, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Newsflash: Congress is corrupt.

In other news, fire is hot and water is wet.

Thanks for tuning in.

loudmouth883 on October 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

We’re talking ‘The Most Ethical Congress Ever!’, not some group of ‘Dictators-in-Waiting’ mulling laws that would apply to the nomenklatura or naron but not to their own regal personnages.

Clearly this ‘leak’ is reflective of something from the Bush-era.

SeniorD on October 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Fox-meet henhouse.

Badger40 on October 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

What, no examination of San Fran Nan’s dealings?

It has long been obvious that a majority of those in Congress would face criminal prosecution if they weren’t shielded (to some extent) by the privileges of office. The government would have to take over a large state’s entire judicial infrastructure to put all the crooks on trial at once.

Sadly, not enough voters give a damn, and those congressional crooks with a healthy supply of skeletons in their own closets aren’t going to go after anyone else’s.

MrScribbler on October 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

The progenitors of the left and the liberal agenda itself is so ultimately foul, that it’s denizens can only thrive in a dark media and dissent monopoly.

Speakup on October 30, 2009 at 1:51 PM

“Most ethical congress ever”.- Nancy Pelosi

portlandon on October 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM

What are the odds of actual action?

Just wait until after the 2010 elections. There’s going to be hell to pay!

TrickyDick on October 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM

When you look at the degenerates that the people of California elect to represent them: Waters, Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, Waxman, Napolitano, Bono, etc….it’s little wonder that California is our nation’s most bankrupt (morally and otherwise) state.

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

This gives a bad name to degenerates.

TXUS on October 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

The ethics committee is one of the most secretive panels in Congress, and its members and staff members sign oaths not to disclose any activities related to its past or present investigations.

Of course, if it had to do with Bush, the CIA, or national defense, they wouldn’t be so secretive of the activities….

SouthernRoots on October 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

+1e^10

rmgraha on October 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

See Charlie Rangel….

d1carter on October 30, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Now why would the guy who writes tax code have to actually pay taxes? For that matter why would Jack Murtha, the porcuine version of Robert Byrd, be expected to refrain from kickbacks? These are Congressmen, you know the political elites who can ignore the rules they impose on the rest of society. How dare you question thier motives?

BTW, if there is any legs to the PMA scandal, I’m hoping Jim Moran is the first one under the bus. I’d pay good money to see that socialist bastard go down in flames. Which is to say, I’ll be backing his opposition come 2010.

highhopes on October 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

You mean we elected crooks and liars?

Again.

and again.

fogw on October 30, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Isn’t William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson still in congress? How long has that investigation been going on now, 5 years? Government efficiency is breathtaking.

loudmouth883 on October 30, 2009 at 1:54 PM

We’d like to think that either Democratic or Republican leadership really concerns itself with draining the swamp, but mostly they’re interested in using corruption as a bat at elections rather than cleaning it up — because the only way to really eliminate it would be to curtail the federal spending that creates it.

Ed, you magnificent bastard. Brilliant observation.

UltimateBob on October 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Wouldn’t it be easier & simpler to just list all of the congress members who aren’t corrupt?

rbj on October 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I’m guessing the odds of something being done are slim and none based on the story I read yesterday.

They had it posted on Yahoo and it said “Oh most of those names on the list are on by mistake” so guessing when it got leaked they had to start covering their asses by saying all those names shouldn’t be on there.

End result, Maxine gets a $17 fine to pay off Waxman’s lunch of a day, Richardson gets one day of having to listen to Bawny Fwanks jokes and somehow they charge Charlie Christ with murder.

Rbastid on October 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM

If you go to Waters district all you see is poverty and crime… I can just imagine what better shape it could be in if she didn’t keep getting re elected which in itself is a mystery… Why her constituents keep voting her in… Sad

CCRWM on October 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM

When you look at the degenerates that the people of California elect to represent them: Waters, Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, Waxman, Napolitano, Bono, etc….

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Well, at least Sonny Bono was somewhat conservative.

His wife, not so much.

UltimateBob on October 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Does anybody really believe these amoral crooks and thieves are going to take any action against their own? The solution rests with continued exposure and the next two elections. Scraping all this scum of the Potomac basin will be a very tough job.

rplat on October 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM

The committee said Thursday night that the document was released by a low-level staffer.

And that low level staffer was fired immediately.

This story will go no where.

Knucklehead on October 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Wouldn’t it be easier & simpler to just list all of the congress members who aren’t corrupt?

rbj on October 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM

A list with no one on it isn’t worth publishing.
Soorry-but I have grown ultra-pessimistic lately.

Badger40 on October 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Oh Noes, that is just racist.

HornetSting on October 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM

My dart board

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Really? This is the only way to keep a hold on corruption? This system in and of itself seems like corruption. A stalling tactic, nothing more.

If only we had a watch-dog press that would investigate every single politician and report every lie and every dishonest act. If only the fourth estate was truly a benefit to our country instead of a cheerleader for it’s destruction.

petunia on October 30, 2009 at 2:03 PM

I personally think that all these government investigations are so out-dated, they are a joke.

It’s based on some 1960′s version of proof.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

The WPost put this story on the front page. That “clears” others to pick it up. Let’s see if Fox hits this one out of the ball park.

BottomLine5 on October 30, 2009 at 2:05 PM

With term-limits…we would have a lot less of this crap. Never will happen, but one can dream…..

search4truth on October 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

This type of “leak” story just really is gossip.

It’s not a legitimate story.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

If you go to Waters district all you see is poverty and crime… I can just imagine what better shape it could be in if she didn’t keep getting re elected which in itself is a mystery… Why her constituents keep voting her in… Sad

CCRWM on October 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Waters’ district is typical for Democrat Congresspersons — and those districts exist like that because they’re maintained like that (meaning, there is no plan to improve their districts, and, the poverty and crime are part of the conditions as to what keeps them being elected).

It’s a complicated wheel, but so many districts that are by high majority Democrat have high crime and high poverty rates. That’s no accident and it IS correlated if not inter-dependent.

Lourdes on October 30, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Like my dear ol’ dad used to say “They’re all crooks!”

Brat on October 30, 2009 at 2:11 PM

My dart board

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Do the darts melt upon entry?

TXUS on October 30, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Hello.

Did somebody report that the reason this report was leaked was to flag the guilty lawmakers to start shredding evidence?

Danzo on October 30, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Danzo on October 30, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Why would they even bother to shred evidence?

Anyone think that this Congress or this “Justice” Department is going to prosecute a Democrat?

There is more reason to think that the Detroit Lions will win the Super Bowl this year.

Maxine Waters could shoot someone dead in front of the Capitol and not get prosecuted.

And if it were a Republican, should would receive an award from the White House.

NoDonkey on October 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM

I think the leak is way good for people. Get a clue!

They are all pretty much egomaniacs on the take.

And, that also includes the GOP, folks.

This is just the nature of that career.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

This is just the nature of that career.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

And so represents the vital need for term limits.
Public service should be an American’s DUTY, not a career.

Badger40 on October 30, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Ohh puh-leeeeze.

I mean golly gee-whiz an’ all, I hate to sound cynical, but does anyone think there’s anything more than ass-covering going on with a House Ethics Comittee? You know, in case someone in the Lame Stream Media actually writes something objective about one of the crooks?

“Look. See? We were investigating him/her all along.”

This. Is. A. Non-Story.

However, going up the right-hand HA column at the moment is sort of like this http://www.kyle-brady.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/evolution.gif in reverse.

Doorgunner on October 30, 2009 at 2:20 PM

This is just the nature of that career.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Kind of like directors raping thirteen year old girls…you gonna make a joke about this too, Ann?

It’s time to clean house and impose term limits….tru dat, Badger40.

HornetSting on October 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

In fairness, Bono only got her seat because Sonny died and everyone felt bad for her, just like Lois “Abortion” Capps.

We do have good ones (including Nunes who is REALLY fighting hard for the farmers in his district to get water instead of the effin’ delta smelt) and Kevin McCarthy.

Gerrymandering keeps these corrupt jerks in power.

NTWR on October 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Does anybody really believe these amoral crooks and thieves are going to take any action against their own? The solution rests with continued exposure and the next two elections. Scraping all this scum of the Potomac basin will be a very tough job.

rplat on October 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM

A tough job yes, but not impossible. There will come a day in 2010 when conservatives, independents, republicans and (cough) some democrats will stomp these snakes out of Washington.

Key West Reader on October 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM

So we’re supposed to trust the government with our health care records when they can’t even keep their own dirty laundry under wraps?

Yeah, right.

NTWR on October 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Downloading a file that someone inadvertently made available for public access is hardly “hacking,” and p2p software is an awfully convenient scapegoat.
 
I question the timing of any “leak” so closely related to H.R. 1319, the Informed P2P User Act.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.1319:

Medicated on October 30, 2009 at 2:23 PM

For Maxine, and a few others, they need a House Stupidity Committee.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2009 at 2:23 PM

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Your list of incompetent and/or corrupt California Democrats includes Janet Napolitano, who is from Arizona. Other than that, your list is pretty good.

jwolf on October 30, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Do the darts melt upon entry?

TXUS on October 30, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Actually, they vaporize.

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 2:25 PM

This type of “leak” story just really is gossip.

It’s not a legitimate story.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I see you’ve finally gotten your talking points from Axelrod today. Time for the White House to declare war on the Washington Post too, right?

Truth hurts, suck it up buttercup.

Knucklehead on October 30, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Congress is getting away with completely bankrupting the country.Why? Because they can.
Ethics investigation? Don’t make me laugh.

Like NoDonkey said: Maxine Waters could shoot someone dead in front of the Capitol and not get prosecuted.

Graft and corruption is in the hundreds of billions of dollars now.
There is no one to stop them.

We are a banana republic now.

ghost707 on October 30, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Your list of incompetent and/or corrupt California Democrats includes Janet Napolitano, who is from Arizona. Other than that, your list is pretty good.

jwolf on October 30, 2009 at 2:24 PM

This Napolitano

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Compare this:

This type of “leak” story just really is gossip.

It’s not a legitimate story.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

and this:

I think the leak is way good for people. Get a clue!

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Ann, sometimes it’s a bit difficult to figure out what side you’re on, but I must admit that you have outdone yourself this time! Will the REAL Ann please stand up?

jwolf on October 30, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Kind of like directors raping thirteen year old girls…you gonna make a joke about this too, Ann?

It’s time to clean house and impose term limits….tru dat, Badger40.

HornetSting on October 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Really, I’ve personally decided to leave the sex stuff to younger people.

I keep hearing about how it’s normal for sex to erupt in work situations.

Frankly, I don’t get it.

Never, in my life.

I think the only period in my own life where sex wasn’t really thought about and considered prior to the act was when I was between 17 and 20. That’s a pretty short period of idiocy.

So no, I really don’t get any of the current thinking about this topic.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

My apologies, OmahaConservative. And that is my old CD from high school! Yikes! Are they related?

jwolf on October 30, 2009 at 2:31 PM

see you’ve finally gotten your talking points from Axelrod today. Time for the White House to declare war on the Washington Post too, right?

Truth hurts, suck it up buttercup.

Knucklehead on October 30, 2009 at 2:26 PM

I’ve not yet read WP. Interesting that we agree.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:31 PM

…that being said, most computer users don’t know their armpits from their asses when it comes to internet security. Think about the implications of any defense contractor hooked up to an unsecured wifi network in any hotel… If a country wanted to spy on our military activities, all they have to do is check their spies into hotels around military posts. They don’t even have to leave their hotel rooms. If you’re configured to share documents at your office, and you then take that computer to a public wifi hotspot in a hotel without turning off sharing, then guess what: you’re sharing with anyone on that network.

Medicated on October 30, 2009 at 2:31 PM

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Then I COMPLETELY understand your “logic” in wishing to turn over more control over our lives to them.

They are incompetent and corrupt but hey! Let them put more on their plate! After all, they’re doing a terrible job with what they have now, maybe we can solve that by giving them more money and power!

NoDonkey on October 30, 2009 at 2:32 PM

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

I think you need a new prescription.

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 2:32 PM

jwolf on October 30, 2009 at 2:29 PM

That had me confused too.

becki51758 on October 30, 2009 at 2:33 PM

What are the odds of actual action?

Less than zero… Especially with the Plantation Party in charge of the “investigation”… Pa-leeeeeze…

Khun Joe on October 30, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Medicated on October 30, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Incorrect, military computers with classified information will not connect to the internet via wireless and when they do use a cable, it’s via VPN.

NoDonkey on October 30, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Another AnninCa threadjacking in progress.

kingsjester on October 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I’d love to see Maxine go down in a ball of flames. It would make my year. She is a despicable idiot.

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Agreed!!! The congress is chock full of pandering morons. Maxine is The Pandering Moron.

I’d like to see every last one of them go down, D or R. If yer a crook- bye bye.

BigWyo on October 30, 2009 at 2:37 PM

No Democrat will be prosecuted unless there is irrefutable physical evidence. And that type of case will take years to prosecute.

Freddy on October 30, 2009 at 1:41 PM

They never did anything to cold cash Jefferson who was found with almost 100K in bribery money in his possession in his house. In fact, I think he re-directed some national guard rescue effort in post Katrina New Orleans to go to his house to retrieve his bribery cash. He was defeated by a Vietnamese US Citizen whose family immigrated here post vietnam. That new congressman is worth supporting in the upcoming election.

I lived in Waters district back in the early 90′s. There are patches of that district that are almost safe to live in, but not walk in at night. You have to know the street and blocks that are safe. She does nothing for that district. It is pretty much gerrmandered. She will never be defeated at the polls. Back in the 94 election, I did phone bank work for her R opponent who had signed onto the Contract with America. He was a personable young 30′ish white guy. He never stood a chance. Maxine pretty much gets 80% of the vote every two years.

karenhasfreedom on October 30, 2009 at 2:37 PM

UNBEWEAVEABLE!!!!!

txag92 on October 30, 2009 at 2:38 PM

AnninCA is a flaming liberal who thinks she’s got the commenters here fooled to believe she’s “reasonable”.

In fact, she’s naive and a passive aggressive. Her mission is to derail the threads/topics which are critical of Obama, or the left.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2009 at 2:38 PM

jwolf on October 30, 2009 at 2:31 PM

On February 13, 2009, Timothy J. Burger, writing on Bloomberg.com, noted that, “During a decade in Congress, California Representative Grace Napolitano has pocketed more than $200,000 of political contributions by charging as much as 18 percent interest on money she loaned to her own campaign. The Democrat made the $150,000 loan in 1998, when she was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Through Dec. 31, her campaign committee has used donations to pay Napolitano $221,780 of interest while reducing the principal by just $64,727, a review of her Federal Election Commission filings shows.”

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 2:38 PM

So no, I really don’t get any of the current thinking about this topic.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

What have you been smoking today?

HornetSting on October 30, 2009 at 2:38 PM

To suggest that congress can police itself is folly. This is one instance where I would support an independent commission to investigate congressional misdeeds. In my non-legal imagination the commission would be appointed by the Supreme Court (but independent of SCOTUS influence) and funded by mandate to the DOJ so that their investigations could not be starved of funds. I would suggest that the commission cannot consist of present or former politicians, lobbyists or congressional staff. They should have full subpoena powers and any prosecution recommendation must be made public immediately upon filing.

SKYFOX on October 30, 2009 at 2:39 PM

I’d love to see Maxine go down in a ball of flames. It would make my year. She is a despicable idiot.

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Agreed – however, the biggest morons are her long-time constituents. Imagine how dumb they must be.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2009 at 2:40 PM

The Justice Department has the more important investigation of the PMA Group underway. It’s a big one and I believe it will lead to prison terms for Paul Magliochetti as well as a few Congressmen.

rockmom on October 30, 2009 at 1:47 PM

The “Eric Holder” Justice Department??

BigWyo on October 30, 2009 at 2:40 PM

SKYFOX on October 30, 2009 at 2:39 PM

another job for Patrick Fitzgerald?

cmsinaz on October 30, 2009 at 2:41 PM

There will come a day in 2010 when conservatives, independents, republicans and (cough) some democrats will stomp these snakes out of Washington.

Key West Reader on October 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM

As a representative of the serpent society, I hereby ask you to cease and desist from using any sort of serpent reference to describe politicians in Washington, D.C.

HornetSting on October 30, 2009 at 2:41 PM

I’ve not yet read WP. Interesting that we agree.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:31 PM

So you admit that you never read the article on which this entire thread is based? So you’re really just throwing anything out there to see what sticks?

You are truly a moron.

P.S. No one cares about your thoughts on sex and it has nothing to do with this thread. Please either buzz off or read the article if you’re capable.

Knucklehead on October 30, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Let’s not rush to judgement on these folks. For instance, if someone found $100,000 in cash in your home freezer, let’s wait until after the trial to judge.

rjoco1 on October 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Knucklehead on October 30, 2009 at 2:43 PM

+1000.

HornetSting on October 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM

That’s a pretty short period of idiocy.

So no, I really don’t get any of the current thinking about this topic.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Please feel free to check back in when you emerge from this period.

BigWyo on October 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM

The Dam has cracked. Now we shall see who the evil greedy,corruptocrats are…

hawkman on October 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM

God, please tell me it’s true that Norm’s Dick (D-WA) is on the list.

Can we please find a way to add Barney’s Frank to list? Please?

Fed45 on October 30, 2009 at 2:54 PM

NoDonkey on October 30, 2009 at 2:33 PM
 
I didn’t say anything about Military computers, I said contractors, and I said this because while I was working out of Fort Hood, I encountered exactly the situation I described.
 
I’m just a bit suspicious about this “leak” being blamed on peer to peer file sharing. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct suffered the leak. Isn’t it even more suspicious that the cosponsor of H.R. 1319, Zoe Lofgren, is also the Democratic Chair or the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct? But wait… of that 10 person committee, two more are also co-sponsors of this bill. Ben Chandler and Kathy Castor. So if three of ten people on this Committee, including the chair, are cosponsoring H.R. 1319, the informed p2p user act, this isn’t suspicious to have the leak blamed on p2p? This leak was not some inadvertent mistake with software, it was deliberate.

Medicated on October 30, 2009 at 2:55 PM

AnninCA is a flaming liberal who thinks she’s got the commenters here fooled to believe she’s “reasonable”.

In fact, she’s naive and a passive aggressive. Her mission is to derail the threads/topics which are critical of Obama, or the left.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Or, just a plain old-fashioned fool.

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Medicated on October 30, 2009 at 2:55 PM

If a contractor is working on a military contract, they should be issued a government computer in order to access classified info, subject to the same restrictions etc. that any active duty member is.

If not, they are violating the terms of their contract.

It may have not been that way in the past, but it’s that way today.

NoDonkey on October 30, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Never hear about this on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NY TIMES, LA TIMES, etc.

You know the REAL media outlets.

Dr_Irish on October 30, 2009 at 1:49 PM

That’s the REAL corruption. The media, the fourth estate, is supposed to be the citizen’s watch dog, but they’re as corrupt as the politicians.

Jeff from WI on October 30, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Or, just a plain old-fashioned fool.

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2009 at 2:56 PM

She is very good in attracting attention and her goal is to turn the thread into a discussion about her.

NoDonkey on October 30, 2009 at 2:59 PM

What are the odds of actual action?

That depends on which letter comes after their name.

If its an “R” they’re screwed.

Dave R. on October 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM

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