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August 5, 2009
'Culture of Corruption:' 13 Dems under ethics cloud
Michelle Malkin's runaway bestseller "Culture of Corruption," which details the dirty associates of President Obama and other ethically challenged Democrats, has been generally dismissed by the left - without them having read it, of course.
But to buttress Malkin's case, Beth Sussman of the National Journal has ferreted out some interesting information about members of which party in Congress are being investigated by the ethics committee:
As Congress heads into its summer recess, some members have more worries to take home with them than others.
According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 17 representatives and senators are known to currently be under investigation for breaking ethical standards. Of those under investigation, 13 are Democratic members and four are Republican members.
Charges range from steering earmarked funds toward associates to tax evasion to receiving preferential mortgage rates.
The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct does not release information regarding which members are under investigation, but a July committee report stated that 26 investigations had been underway since the beginning of the 111th Congress, 11 of which were carried over from the 110th Congress and 15 of which began this Congress. Four investigations had been resolved in that time period. A Senate Ethics Committee official couldn't be reached for comment.
According to CREW's records, the lawmakers currently under investigation are: Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Rep. Jesse Jackson, D-Ill., Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., Rep. Allan Mollohan, D-W.Va., Rep. Timothy Murphy, R-Pa., Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.
I would suggest to our liberal friends that they read Mrs. Malkin's book - cover to cover.