January 2011 Archives

January 31, 2011 - OCE Released Fourth Quarter 2010 Report

The OCE released today a report of its activities in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Click here for the Press Advisory.

Click here for the Report.

January 31, 2011 - OCE Fourth Quarter 2010 Report

OCE Fourth Quarter 2010 Report (PDF 96KB)

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Above is a statistical summary of the actions of the Board of the OCE in the 111th Congress.

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Above is a chart of the matters the OCE has referred to the Standards Committee that have not yet but must be made public.

Omar Ashmawy Named OCE Staff Director & Chief Counsel

The board of the OCE has named Omar Ashmawy the Staff Director and Chief Counsel. Mr. Ashmawy previously was the acting Staff Director and had been the office's first Deputy Director. Click HERE for the full announcement. 

January 26, 2011 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Crowley

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Crowley (PDF 1.5MB)

On November 3, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Joseph Crowley.

Nature of Review

H.R. 4173, formally known as the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (the “Financial Reform Bill”) was reported out of the Committee on Financial Services on the afternoon of December 2, 2009. The Financial Reform Bill was passed by the House on December 11, 2009. During that nine-day interim period, Representative Crowley held four fundraising events for his congressional and leadership campaign committees. At two fundraising events, all attendees represented entities or were individuals registered to lobby on the Financial Reform Bill. Further, Representative Crowley’s professional fundraiser offered one-on-one meetings between Representative Crowley and entities registered to lobby on the Financial Reform Bill during the nine-day period noted above.

If Representative Crowley solicited or accepted contributions in a manner which gave the appearance that special treatment or access was being provided to donors or the appearance that the contributions were linked to an official act, then he may have violated House Rules and Standards of Conduct.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations because there is a substantial reason to believe that Representative Crowley solicited or accepted contributions in a manner which gave the appearance that special treatment or access was provided to donors or that contributions were linked to an official act.

Committee Conclusion

On January 26, 2011, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.

January 26, 2011 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Tom Price

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Tom Price (PDF 4MB)

On September 1, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Thomas Price.

Nature of Review

H.R. 4173, formally known as the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009, was reported out of the Committee on Financial Services on the afternoon of December 2, 2009. H.R. 4173 (the “Financial Reform Bill”) was passed by the House on December 11, 2009. On December 10, 2009, Representative Price held a fundraiser for his campaign committee called the “Financial Services Industry Luncheon” that appeared to solicit entities or individuals registered to lobby on the Financial Reform Bill. Further, Representative Price’s professional fundraiser offered one-on-one meetings between Representative Price and entities registered to lobby on the Financial Reform Bill in December 2009.

If Representative Price solicited or accepted contributions in a manner which gave the appearance that special treatment or access was being provided to donors or the appearance that the contributions were linked to an official act, then he may have violated House Rules and Standards of Conduct.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics recommends that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations because there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Price solicited or accepted contributions at the fundraiser he held on December 10, 2009, in a manner which gave the appearance that special treatment or access was provided to donors or that contributions were linked to an official act.

Committee Conclusion

On January 26, 2011, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.

January 26, 2011 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Campbell

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Campbell (PDF 1.4MB)

On September 1, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative John Campbell.

Nature of Review

H.R. 4173, formally known as the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (hereafter the “Financial Reform Bill”) was reported out of the Committee on Financial Services on the afternoon of December 2, 2009. The Financial Reform Bill was passed by the House on December 11, 2009. Previously, while the Committee on Financial Services marked up two pieces of legislation that would later be incorporated within the Financial Reform Bill, Representative Campbell held a “Financial Services Dinner.” Further, in the nine day period between December 2nd and December 11th, Representative Campbell held two fundraising events for his campaign committee. At one fundraising event, two days before the final vote, all attendees were entities or individuals registered to lobby on the Financial Reform Bill. At another event on the same day, ten out of eleven attendees were entities or individuals registered to lobby on the Financial Reform Bill. In addition, Representative Campbell’s professional fundraiser offered one-on-one meetings between Representative Campbell and entities registered to lobby on the Financial Reform Bill during the nine day period noted above.

If Representative Campbell solicited or accepted contributions in a manner which gave the appearance that special treatment or access was being provided to donors or the appearance that the contributions were linked to an official act, then he may have violated House Rules and Standards of Conduct.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations because there is a substantial reason to believe that Representative Crowley solicited or accepted contributions in a manner which gave the appearance that special treatment or access was provided to donors or that contributions were linked to an official act.

Committee Conclusion

On January 26, 2011, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.

Jon Steinman departing the OCE at the end of January

Jon Steinman, the OCE's first communications director, announced he will step down at the end of the month. The announcement comes after the OCE was fully reauthorized for the 112th Congress -- the office's first reauthorization.

"I'm proud of what the office achieved and to have had the opportunity to play a part in that," Steinman said. 

 

December 31, 2010 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Engel

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Engel (PDF 3.6MB)

On July 30, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Eliot L. Engel.

Nature of Review

In 2009, Representative Eliot Engel participated in a Congressional Delegation to Mexico, Nicaragua, and Jamaica. During the trip, he received a travel per diem for meals and incidental expenses with an approximate value of $866.00. Public statements attributed to Representative Engel indicated that he may have retained excess per diem. In addition, these public statements indicate that he may have retained excess per diem on other trips.

If Representative Engel’s actual meal and incidental expenses during a CODEL were less than the per diem received and he did not return the excess per diem, he may have violated House Rule 10, clause 8, House Rule 23, clauses 1 and 2.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.

Committee Conclusion

On December 31, 2010, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.

December 31, 2010 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Alcee Hastings

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Hastings (PDF 4.2MB)

On July 30, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Alcee L. Hastings.

Nature of Review

In 2008, Representative Alcee L. Hastings participated in a Congressional Delegation to Astana, Kazakhstan. During the trip, he received a travel per diem for meals and incidental expenses with an approximate value of $1,108.00. Public statements attributed to Representative Hastings indicated that he may have used the per diem for impermissible purposes. In addition, these public statements indicate that he may have used the per diem for impermissible purposes during other trips.

If Representative Hastings’ actual meal and incidental expenses during foreign travel were less than the per diem received and he did not return the excess per diem, he may have violated House Rule 10, clause 8 and House Rule 23, clauses 1 and 2.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.

Committee Conclusion

On December 31, 2010, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.

December 31, 2010 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Butterfield

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Butterfield (PDF 3.5MB)

On July 30, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative G.K. Butterfield.

Nature of Review

In 2009, Representative G. K. Butterfield participated in a Congressional Delegation to Lithuania. During the trip, he received a travel per diem for meals and incidental expenses with an approximate value of $800.00. Public statements attributed to Representative Butterfield indicated that he may have retained excess per diem. In addition, these public statements indicate that he may have retained excess per diems on other trips.

If Representative Butterfield’s actual meal and incidental expenses during a CODEL were less than the per diem received and he did not return the excess per diem, he may have violated House Rule 10, clause 8, House Rule 23, clauses 1 and 2.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.

Committee Conclusion

On December 31, 2010, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.

December 31, 2010 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Aderholt

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Aderholt (PDF 3.4MB)

On July 30, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Robert B. Aderholt.

Nature of Review

In 2009, Representative Robert B. Aderholt participated in a Congressional Delegation to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Lithuania, and Greece. During the trip, he received a travel per diem for meals and incidental expenses with an approximate value of $941.00. A public statement attributed to Representative Aderholt indicated that he may have retained excess per diem allocated for meals and incidental expenses. In addition, these public statements indicate that he may have retained per diem during other trips.

If Representative Aderholt’s actual meal and incidental expenses for foreign travel were less than the per diem received and he did not return the excess per diem, he may have violated House Rule 10, clause 8; House Rule 23, clauses 1 and 2.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.

Committee Conclusion

 

On December 31, 2010, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.

 

December 31, 2010 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ortiz

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Ortiz (PDF 4.5MB)

On July 30, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Solomon P. Ortiz.

Nature of Review

During the time period from March 2008 to May 2010, Representative Solomon P. Ortiz participated in various Congressional Delegation trips abroad. These public statements attributed to Representative Ortiz indicate that he may have retained excess per diems that he received during the trips.

If Representative Ortiz’s actual meal and incidental expenses during for foreign travel were less than the per diem received and he did not return the excess per diem, he may have violated House Rule 10, clause 8, and House Rule 23, clauses 1 and 2.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.

Committee Conclusion

On December 31, 2010, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.

December 31, 2010 - OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Wilson

OCE Referral Regarding Rep. Wilson (PDF 4MB)

On July 30, 2010, the OCE transmitted a referral to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of Representatives regarding Representative Joe Wilson.

Nature of Review

During the time period from March 2008 to May 2010, Representative Joe Wilson participated in various Congressional Delegation trips abroad. These public statements attributed to Representative Wilson indicate that he may have used the per diem for impermissible purposes during various trips.

If Representative Wilson’s actual meal and incidental expenses for foreign travel were less than the per diem received and he did not return the excess per diem, he may have violated House Rule 10, clause 8 and House Rule 23, clauses 1 and 2.

OCE Recommendation

The Board of the OCE recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the above allegations.

Committee Conclusion

On December 31, 2010, the Committee determined not to take further action regarding this matter and adopted the Committee staff recommendation to dismiss the matter and consider it closed.

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