Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, October 30, 2009
House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July.
The 22-page "Committee on Standards Weekly Summary Report" gives brief summaries of ethics panel investigations of the conduct of 19 lawmakers and a few staff members. The document indicated that the office was reviewing the activities of 14 other lawmakers. Some were under review by both ethics bodies.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo's U.S. Senate campaign accused his chief Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, of “dirty tricks” and political “shenanigans” Monday, claiming Conway’s campaign was surreptitiously involved in an attack video posted on the Internet.
Kim Geveden said that the Mongiardo campaign has proof that a Conway Senate campaign “tracker” shot video critical of Mongiardo that is appearing anonymously on the YouTube site.
Geveden (also)said (that the)“Conway's campaign is neck deep in political dirty tricks…”
Evidence shows that for years members of Congress have routinely beat the market average by as much as 1 percent per month. Alan Ziobrowski, a business professor at Georgia State University, conducted a painstaking study of members’ financial disclosures and found that investments by members of Congress beat the market on average by one half of one percent per month; senators did even better, beating the market by a full percentage point per month.
Maybe this doesn’t seem like much…but an extra six or twelve-percent gain per year is an enormous advantage over the average investor…
The Obama administration has told senators that it opposes the current version of the proposed news-media shield law, and does not want to require prosecutors to exhaust all available methods before subpoenaing reporters in instances the president says could cause significant harm to national security.
“The White House’s opposition to the fundamental essence of this bill is an unexpected and significant setback. It will make it hard to pass this legislation,” said a sponsor of the bill, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.