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Aug 16, 2010 News Article
WASHINGTON — The number of ethics cases launched in Congress has jumped dramatically in the past year, putting a focus on allegations of misconduct by lawmakers heading into November's elections.
Aug 5, 2010 News Article
It's safe to say that Leo Wise has made more enemies than friends in his two years on Capitol Hill. But as staff director and general counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), maybe that's the point.
Aug 5, 2010 News Article

House Republicans are chortling over the Democratic majority’s troubles with ethics allegations, but they also are ominously signaling their distaste for the Office of Congressional Ethics — the one new player on Capitol Hill with a clear determination to do something about the morass.

Jun 30, 2010 News Article

The good news from the House is that its new independent Office of Congressional Ethics is doing a strong enough job to prompt outcries from members whose behavior has come under scrutiny.

Jun 4, 2010 News Article
TALK ABOUT BLAMING the messenger. The newly created Office of Congressional Ethics
, an independent watchdog set up to review and, if warranted, forward ethics complaints to the official House ethics committee
May 17, 2010 News Article
The House Committee on Ethics released its report
Apr 2, 2010 News Article

Ever since the semi-independent Office of Congressional Ethics was created two years ago to vet allegations against lawmakers, cynics wondered how soon it would fall into the find-no-evil track record of the House ethics committee it serves.

Apr 1, 2010 News Article
AMONG THE many frustrating aspects of the congressional ethics process is the fact that, in the rare circumstances when the ethics committees seem poised to act against a member of Congress, lawmakers can short-circuit the inquiry by resigning. Once they're out the door, Congress loses its jurisdiction to discipline them.
Mar 22, 2010 News Article

WASHINGTON — By most measures, it has been a rough year for Leo J. Wise, the first independent ethics cop for the House of Representatives.

Mar 10, 2010 News Article
Melanie Sloan talked about the roles and effectiveness of the House Office of Congressional Ethics and what the Washington Post called the “thin wall” separating lobbyist contributions and earmarks.?She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. [READ MORE]