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Ethics watchdog recommended that John Lewis’ top aide be subpoenaed

2:59 pm Aug. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — Congress’ nonpartisan watchdog recommended that the House Ethics Committee subpoena Michael Collins, U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, and the Atlanta Democrat’s campaign committee after alleging they did not fully comply with an ethics inquiry this spring, according to newly released documents.

The recommendation came at the tail end of a report from the Office of Congressional Ethics, or OCE, which concluded that it had “substantial

Watchdog groups: Tom Price illegally used campaign funds to bolster Cabinet bid

1:00 pm Jul. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — A pair of campaign finance watchdogs alleged Friday that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price illegally used money he raised for his congressional campaign to bolster his Cabinet bid.

A complaint the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed with the Federal Election Commission argues that Price donated $40,000 in campaign funds to America Rising. The opposition research group then “promoted research and videos promoting Price’s confirmation,” the

Ethics group says its complaint likely prompted inquiry into John Lewis’ top aide

12:40 pm Jun. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — The head of a right-leaning watchdog group said he is fairly certain his organization’s previous complaint regarding the dual-employment status of U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ top aide prompted a new House Ethics inquiry into the matter.

Matthew Whitaker, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, said it appears that FACT’s January allegation that Michael Collins, Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, broke ethics rules that bar

Ethics group: Hank Johnson improperly aided Jon Ossoff with taxpayer resources

6:00 am Apr. 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – An ethics group is alleging that U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson improperly aided the campaign of his onetime aide, 6th District candidate Jon Ossoff, using his official House website.

The conservative-leaning Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, said it plans to file an ethics complaint against the Lithonia Democrat with the Office of Congressional Ethics Monday.

The group wants the independent ethics office to investigate Johnson for potentially running

Tom Price netted at least $314,000 after selling medical stocks

3:52 pm Apr. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON – Health secretary Tom Price made a pretty penny as part of his ethics agreement with the government, a recent federal filing shows.

Paperwork filed with the Office of Government Ethics last month shows the former Roswell congressman made between $314,000 and $1.1 million while fulfilling his ethics deal with the independent agency, which is tasked with preventing conflicts of interest among Cabinet officials.

The filing indicates that Price

Report: Fired U.S. attorney was investigating Tom Price’s stock trades

2:45 pm Mar. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — ProPublica is out with an eye-popping story this afternoon.

The nonprofit journalism outlet is reporting that former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating the stock trades of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price when the White House fired him last week.

Here’s an excerpt:

The investigation of Price’s trades by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which hasn’t been previously disclosed, was underway

SonnyWatch: Perdue plans to divest assets after confirmation

12:30 am Mar. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to step down from his business holding company and restructure his family trusts in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest should the Senate confirm him to be secretary of agriculture, according to new federal ethics documents.

As part of an agreement struck with the Office of Government Ethics, Perdue would resign from positions as manager of Perdue Management Holdings LLC and as

Johnny Isakson suggests that Donald Trump release his tax returns

11:13 am Mar. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has always treaded carefully when it comes to President Donald Trump, backing him but very much keeping him at arm’s length.

As chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, Isakson has been careful not to criticize the businessman’s specific plans for avoiding conflicts of interest. Isakson will often shift the focus to his own ethics choices when asked about Trump’s more contentious decisions.

Isakson started doing

Conservative group files ethics complaint against John Lewis, top aide

7:00 am Jan. 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – A conservative watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. John Lewis Monday, alleging that the Atlanta Democrat improperly hired his top aide as a highly-paid staffer on his reelection campaign.

In a complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, alleged that Michael Collins, Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, broke ethics rules that bar senior staffers from serving on campaign