Latest Political ethics News

Gaetz faces House ethics probe; federal investigation widens

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee announced an investigation Friday into Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz as federal prosecutors probing sex trafficking allegations against him are also scrutinizing the actions of some of his political allies and fellow Florida Republicans as part of a...

Gaetz faces House ethics probe; federal investigation widens

Apr. 10, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee announced an investigation into Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz as federal prosecutors probing sex trafficking allegations against him are also scrutinizing the actions of some of his political allies and fellow Florida Republicans as part of a broader...

Ethics panel probing misconduct claim against NY Republican

Apr. 09, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics committee announced Friday that it is investigating sexual misconduct allegations involving Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York, who had announced he would not be seeking re-election after the allegations first surfaced last month. ...

Graham, McMaster criticize sweeping voting rights bill

Apr. 07, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham joined South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday in criticizing the sweeping voting and ethics legislation that passed the U.S. House last month along mostly partisan lines. The two Republicans insisted the bill...

Panel dismisses most of ethics complaint against legislator

Apr. 03, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Ethics Commission has dismissed two of three allegations in an ethics complaint filed by a retired judge against House Speaker Brian Egolf and instead will refer them to a legislative ethics committee. The commission did not announce a...

New complaint hits Louisiana legislators' 'dark money' group

Apr. 02, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A new complaint by a conservative Republican is alleging that Louisiana's top GOP House and Senate leaders are engaging in improper political activities through a nonprofit they created to promote their agenda and should have to disclose its contributors and...

Ray LaHood paid fine to resolve investigation into loan

Apr. 01, 2021 22:18 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in 2019 paid a $40,000 fine for allegedly making misleading statements to federal agents about a loan and failing to disclose it on ethics forms, according to the U.S. Justice Department. ...

New York ethics agency's role in Cuomo allegations unclear

Apr. 01, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As impeachment investigators in the New York legislature and the attorney general’s office take the lead in investigating allegations of power abuses and improprieties by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, it remains to be seen what role might be played by the state's...

Pelosi: Remove Rep. Gaetz from committee if claims are true

Apr. 01, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz, facing accusations of a sexual relationship with an underage girl, should at a minimum be removed from the House Judiciary Committee if the claims are true, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. Pelosi, D-Calif., also said the...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Mar. 31, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

Albany Times-Union. March 27, 2021. Editorial: JCOPE’s corrupting power It was always a reasonable guess that appointees of various top politicians on the state’s ultra-secretive Joint Commission of Public Ethics were protecting their patrons and...