December 31, 2006


Conyers accepts responsibility for possible ethics violations (Jonathan E. Kaplan and Jackie Kucinich, 12/30/06, The Hill)

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has "accepted responsibility" for possibly violating House rules by requiring his official staff to perform campaign-related work, according to a statement quietly released by the House ethics committee late Friday evening.

MURTHA'S 'CHARITY' MESS (NY Post, December 31, 2006)
Congressional Democrats, just days from reclaiming their majority on Capitol Hill, are preparing for what promises to be a lot of investigations.

Well, here's one that they should, but doubtless won't, undertake.

It centers on a charity founded by a longtime aide to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the incoming chairman of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee. The Washington Post reports that the group has become a funnel for money to Murtha's campaigns from defense contractors and lobbyists who benefit from legislation he will write.

One thing Ms Pelosi and company didn't learn from Newt's experience is not to promise what postlapsarian Man can't deliver.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 31, 2006 11:07 AM
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