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Ethics panel probing congressman’s continuing ties to former aide

Watchdogs in the House Ethics Committee are sniffing something funny in the office of Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez. According to reports, Gutiérrez paid his former chief of staff, Doug Scofield, approximately $500,000 – about $4100 per month — in taxpayer funds over 10 years to train staff, review and draft news releases, and help publicize […]

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“The Court is unconvinced.”

Yesterday, a Denver District Court rejected Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s claims that his rights were violated while being investigated by the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission. Here’s the back story. Colorado Ethics Watch filed a supplemental complaint with the Commission in October of 2012 asking that the Secretary be investigated for misuse of public funds.  […]

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Sinking to new lows in the House

There are too many loose cannons rolling around in Congress these days, and now one of the loudest, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, may have fired once too often. Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is taking a beating from Democrats and not getting much support from his fellow Republicans […]

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Voters lose as Senate rejects Obama’s civil rights nominee

Debo Adegbile, by all accounts a whip-smart lawyer and legal scholar of impeccable integrity, lost his bid on Wednesday for Senate confirmation to serve as head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department. The 45-52 vote was cast in news accounts as an embarrassing defeat for President Obama, who saw seven Democratic senators […]

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ALEC Taking Cover from Federal, State Tax Laws

The Guardian’s deep dive this week into a trove of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) records shows the organization’s understanding that its operations may violate charitable tax laws.  How do we know?  Because ALEC is creating a separate, sister organization – “The Jeffersonian Project” – organized under laws that permit it to engage in unlimited […]

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