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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

What Senate ethics chief Johnny Isakson makes of Trump’s conflict of interest plans

4:00 pm Jan. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — As chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, Georgia’s Johnny Isakson thinks the best way for a member of Congress to manage their assets is through a blind trust.

But the three-term Republican senator was careful not to criticize then-President-elect Donald Trump and his plan for avoiding conflicts of interest in an interview shortly before the inauguration.

Isakson said he would not judge Trump’s ethics arrangement since he didn’t know the details of Trump’s assets

Tom Price plans to sell his medical stocks if confirmed as Trump’s health chief

12:34 pm Jan. 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — Two sets of documents released by a federal ethics watchdog outline the steps Georgia Congressman Tom Price plans to take in order to avoid conflicts of interest as Donald Trump’s would-be secretary of health and human services, including selling many of his stocks.

The Roswell Republican pledged to “not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter” before the Department of Health and Human Services “in which I know that I

Senate Democrats push ethics investigation into Tom Price’s finances

10:46 am Jan. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON —  A trio of senior Senate Democrats called for an investigation into U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s stock trades on Thursday, arguing that the chamber should not move forward on the Roswell Republican’s Cabinet nomination until their questions are answered.

Chuck Schumer of New York, the new Senate Democratic leader, and the top Democrats on the two committees that will hold Price’s confirmation hearings said Capitol Hill’s independent ethics watchdog and the U.S. Securities and Exchange