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Nov 8, 2012 News Article
As I write, the elections are not over — but by the time you read this, voters will have chosen the 113th Congress. The 112th, of course, is far from finished; it will be back next week, like a new installment of “Friday the 13th,” to finish unfinished business (farm bill, anyone?) and to grapple with the “fiscal cliff.”
Oct 12, 2012 News Article
CONGRESS HAS BECOME a habitual loser in public-opinion polls, and the latest installment in The Post’s series on the congressional ethics system helps to show why.
Oct 9, 2012 News Article
After Congressman Rob Andrews used campaign money to pay for a $30,000 trip to Scotland
with his family, a little-known panel of Washington watchdogs added some key details.
Sep 27, 2012 News Article
Watchdog groups are pressing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to select replacements for the four retiring members on the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
Sep 12, 2012 News Article
In the four years since the Office of Congressional Ethics opened its doors, it has earned the quiet respect of its skeptics. But now some of the very people who feared the office would not be able to accomplish its mission are worried that a disruption in leadership could hamper its  nascent success.
Mar 19, 2012 News Article

To many Washington outsiders, congressional ethics is an oxymoron or fodder for late-night comedians, but watchdogs and longtime Washington observers point to one hopeful sign — an office they believe is helping members take ethics rules more seriously.

Jul 22, 2011 News Article
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives on Friday roundly rejected a move to cut the budget of the Office of Congressional Ethics by 40 percent. On a bipartisan vote of 302-102, the House rejected the amendment offered by Rep. Mel Watt, a North Carolina Democrat who was investigated last year by the office.
Feb 7, 2011 News Article
On Nov. 24, 2009, Sara Conrad, the fundraising consultant for Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., sent anemail
Feb 4, 2011 News Article

In a woeful signal to the new Congress, the House ethics committee has decided that when it comes to money and ethics, money nearly always wins.