House Democrats, determined to make an election-year point about ethics, voted 99-58 to strip Rep. William Jefferson of his committee assignment while a federal bribery investigation runs its course. The rank and file acted despite a last-minute ple
A disaster relief company that took supplies that were supposed to go to Sept. 11 rescuers at the World Trade Center escaped punishment after the government discovered its own employees had stolen artifacts from ground zero, once-secret federal docum
The Homeland Security Department produced a letter Friday from disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke'' Cunningham recommending a limousine company for federal contracts - a day after claiming it didn't have such a letter.
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert pocketed almost $2 million from real estate deals adjacent to his Plano home in booming Kendall County, one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Hastert, who earmarked $207 million in federal dollars for the pro
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IA, was sent home empty-handed by federal officials who refused access to information on why the FDA approved the sale of the antibiotic Ketek after the government learned safety tests on the drug had been forged.
It's a cardinal rule in Congress: Lawmakers and their staffers may not take travel paid by registered lobbyists or lobbying firms. The intention is to keep professional influence-peddlers from gaining special access to lawmakers.
The Democratic National Committee plans to return $5,000 in campaign contributions from two Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP partners who were indicted last month, a party spokeswoman said. The Milberg Weiss firm, known for its class-action secur
Businessmen, a lobbyist and a major corporate foundation have donated almost $700,000 in the past 8 days to pay for the renovation of Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick's apartment inside the Capitol.
Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher pleaded not guilty to charges that he was involved in an illegal scheme to hire political allies for merit-based state jobs. Republicans violated state law by ignoring merit and hiring political supporters for civil servi
A top aide to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis received $1.96 million in severance payments from a lobbying firm with ties to Lewis, according to documents released. The connection between Lewis, a California Republican, and the
House Democrats will decide next week whether to remove Rep. William Jefferson from a powerful committee pending the outcome of a federal investigation of the Louisiana Democrat on possible bribery charges.
Rep. Jerry Lewis' stepdaughter received $42,000 from a political fundraising group led by a defense contractor who got government contracts worth millions of dollars from a powerful House committee that Lewis chairs, records show.
It has recently been reported that Rep Jerry Lewis, a California Republican who heads the House Appropriations Committee, is under federal investigation for possibly sterring federal monies to well-connected corporations.
If the toothless lobbying "reform" bill approved by the House and Senate is any indication, we haven't seen the last of the likes of Jack Abramoff or Tom DeLay. DeLay exits Congress June 9, but his influence lives on. His former deputy,
Members of Congress took free trips worth nearly $50 million paid by corporations, trade associations and other private groups. $500-a-night hotel rooms, $25,000 corporate jet rides and visits to Paris, Hawaii and Colorado ski resorts
Nigeria's vice president sought as much as $500,000 and a stake in a technology venture in his country, Rep. William Jefferson told an FBI informant, according to court documents filed in a bribery probe of the congressman. Jefferson is allege
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, a Democratic candidate for governor, is under fire for accepting nearly $20,000 in campaign contributions that originated with a utility he is investigating over a disastrous reservoir collapse.
Former Bush administration official David Safavian said he gave advice and "nonpublic information" about federal properties to Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff but denied trying to conceal that from government investigators.
The stench of scandal on Capitol Hill is getting stronger five months after lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to influence-peddling charges, but a lobbying overhaul has yet to see the light of day. The Senate passed its version at the end of M
A former city personnel director testified in federal court that he was told by his supervisor to make sure there were always enough toll collectors on the Chicago Skyway to avoid any backups that could ensnare the mayor when he was traveling.
Bush administration executive David Safavian told a Senate investigator last year he accepted free travel from lobbyist Jack Abramoff for a golf trip to Scotland but claimed later he had paid his share of the chartered jet flight, the congressional a
Kentucky's governor, under indictment in a state hiring scandal, asked Lt. Gov. Steve Pence to resign after Pence announced he would not run for re-election with the governor next year. Pence said he had declined the request to step down.
San Bernardino County, Calif., has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury for records connected to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis and a lobbying firm with strong ties to Lewis, a county official said.
The way Sen. Conrad Burns' re-election campaign is going, the folksy 71-year-old Republican might rather take a turn on a bronco than try to explain his links with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff back in Washington.
"It is my belief that when Congressman Jefferson placed documents into the blue bag, he was attempting to conceal documents that were relevant to the investigation," FBI agent Stacey E. Kent of New Orleans stated in an affidavit that was pa
In Lynchburg, Va., mayor Carl Hutcherson on May 2 was convicted, among other crimes, of stealing cash from Social Security disability recipients to pay for a stereo, a mattress, and cable television. In Oklahoma City, three US Army soldiers on Apr
Reversing course, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid's office acknowledged he misstated the ethics rules governing his acceptance of free boxing tickets and has decided to avoid taking such gifts in the future.
A top Republican fund-raiser who is the leading figure in an Ohio political scandal pleaded guilty to illegally funneling money to President Bush's 2004 reelection campaign. "I am troubled by the initial news stories," Bush said in his
House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner said he plans to draft legislation that would protect congressional material during searches by government investigators.
Participants included CIA agents, lobbyists, defense contractors and, occasionally, staffers and members of Congress. The cigars included the best that could be bought from Fidel Castro's Cuba. Some of the players arrived in Mercedes-Benz limousi