CNN, Washington Post provide balance to Gebe Martinez story

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Gebe Martinez’s story about House ethics rules changes being reversed is strangely one-sided.

However, we can go to CNN — yes, CNN! — to get more information than what Martinez is giving us:

“There’s a reason that they don’t want to go to the ethics process and as long as they can keep someone dangling out there like they have with Tom DeLay, they take great glee in that,” the Illinois Republican said.

And what reason would the Democrats have for wanting the ethics process to be stalled?

Three sources close to House GOP leaders said the Democrats being targeted include Pelosi, of California, Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio and Rep. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania.

Pelosi was fined by the Federal Election Commission in November 2002 for improperly operating two political action committees.

The commission told Pelosi, then minority whip, to close one of her two PACs, called TEAM Majority, saying she was skirting federal fund-raising limits by operating two PACs.

The commission imposed a $21,000 fine on Pelosi, who continued to run her other fund-raising committee, known as PAC To the Future.

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McDermott has been the subject of a long-running court case triggered by a 1998 eavesdropping incident involving Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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The Washington Times reported House documents show a 2001 trip Tubbs Jones took to Puerto Rico was improperly paid for by lobbyists. A spokeswomen for Tubbs Jones denied the charge and blamed the documentation on “human error.”

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Republicans say charges against Kanjorski date to 1998, when the 11-term congressman helped two Pennsylvania-based companies owned and run by his four nephews and daughter by earmarking more than $9 million in federal contracts and grants for the two firms.

Kanjorski insisted he has not profited personally from those deals. The companies, Cornerstone Technologies and Pennsylvania Micronics, research water-jet technology.

And the Washington Post reports that House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is having to play a little catch-up:

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) is reviewing privately financed trips he made after Republicans suggested that he might have violated House rules by not reporting the travel within 30 days.

House records show that Hoyer has filed updated reports with the clerk of the House of Representatives in recent days, detailing at least four trips, dating back to 1999.


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