“Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars; George Mason University top host of events”

Extensive CPI report begins: Conservative foundations, multinational oil companies and a prescription drug maker were the most frequent sponsors of more than 100 expense-paid educational seminars attended by federal judges over a 4 1/2-year period, according to a Center for … Continue reading

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“Menendez donor reveals lobbying effort — four years late”

Politico: A company controlled by the Democratic donor in the middle of the Robert Menendez controversy this week revealed that it spent as much as $60,000 on previously undisclosed lobbying. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy South Florida ophthalmologist and investor, has … Continue reading

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“Watchdog Groups Question Whether President Obama’s Involvement in Organizing for Action Complies with Ethics in Government Act”

Press release: “In a letter sent today to President Obama, Democracy 21, joined by the Campaign Legal Center, wrote that ‘your involvement with Organizing for Action (OFA) raises serious questions about whether you are complying with the Ethics in Government … Continue reading

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“Boehner, Pelosi Reappoint Board of Ethics Watchdog”

National Journal: “The independent Office of Congressional Ethics officially received the green light Wednesday to continue its watchdog work, with the formal reappointments of its board members by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.” … Continue reading

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“House Ethics Amends Private Travel Rules”

Roll Call: The House Ethics Committee announced on Thursday that it has adopted new regulations for accepting privately financed congressional travel, including heightened disclosure requirements and earlier approval deadlines. The changes were the result of a working group convened by … Continue reading

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“Federal court tosses out lawsuit challenging Obama’s lobbyist ban”

The Hill:  “A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit against President Obama’s policy of banning lobbyists from federal advisory committees. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday granted the government’s motion to dismiss the case after finding that the … Continue reading

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