Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Squeeky Clean GOP - Probably NOT

By next Monday the House Ethics Committee is slated to decide whether to formally investigate Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.). Moreover, allegations arose over this past weekend that Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) might have accepted illegal campaign donations, according to The New York Times.

Additionally, there are the three Republicans — Reps. Pete Sessions (Texas), Buck McKeon (Calif.) and Elton Gallegly (Calif.) — who earlier this month were referred to the House Ethics Committee for taking part in Countrywide’s VIP mortgage program, aimed at gaining special favor from lawmakers.

Among the other Republicans facing ethical scrutiny are:

• Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.), who is being investigated by the FBI, IRS, Miami-Dade Police Department’s public corruption unit, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement over allegations that he abused his former seat in Florida’s state House of Representatives for personal financial gain and repeatedly lied on financial disclosure forms.

• Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who came under fire last year when a New York Times article raised questions of legality around his former company’s dealings. 

• Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who is accused of owing $117,000 in child support to his ex-wife, which he did not report on his financial disclosure forms and, if true, would violate House rules.

This is probably only the tip of the iceberg - after all the GOP is all about "free-market" thinking - which probably leads to more "free market" ending up in their bank accounts.

It's amazing to me how the GOP has one set of moral/ethical standards for GOP members and another set of standards for Democrats. 

I’m sure if they looked at offshore accounts for all and specifically for ALEC state legislators and ALEC ALUMNI – they would probably see a lot of payola from ALEC corporate members.

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