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House panel clears Tiahrt of ethics wrongdoing

February 26, 2010, 8:29 a.m. Updated February 26, 2010, 11:41 p.m.

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— Rep. Todd Tiahrt said Friday he has been completely vindicated by a U.S. House ethics committee that said it found no evidence of wrongdoing after an investigation into political donations and defense appropriation earmarks.

The committee said Thursday that Tiahrt, a Republican, and six other House members — five Democrats and one Republican — did not violate ethics rules when they steered government money, projects and contracts to companies that donated to their re-election campaigns.

The report said investigators “found no evidence” that the representatives or their staffs considered or sought contributions in return for appropriations.

“This comes as no surprise because there was never anything to justify a review in the first place,” Tiahrt said in a statement released Friday. “The process referenced in the report reflects the same professional and objective procedures followed in my office for reviewing and requesting defense-related projects for Boeing and other reputable Kansas-based companies that employ thousands of Kansas workers in my district.”

All seven of the House members are or were senior members of the House Appropriations Committee.

Investigators were looking at appropriations and earmark requests tied to Boeing, Aeroflex and Teledyne Technologies, all of which have operations in Wichita, Kan.

The ethics committee said it found Tiahrt’s defense project requests were evaluated based upon criteria such as “the number of jobs created in the member’s district or the value to the taxpayer or the U.S. military.”

The appropriations went to companies represented by a now-defunct lobbying firm known as PMA Group. The FBI raided PMA’s offices in 2008.

Comments

jmadison 4 years, 9 months ago

Why no reporting on the House Ethics committee finding that Rep Charles Rangel, (D) New York, violated House ethics rules?

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/02/26/panel_finds_rangel_violated_ethics_rules

Rep Rangel is also being investigated regarding irregularities in his tax returns. He is the head of the House committee that writes the tax laws.

oklahoma 4 years, 9 months ago

jmadison

News is when man bites dog. Charlie Rangel doing something unethical would not be news. However, if the left wing media could pin something on Tiahrt, who is so clean he squeaks when he walks, yes, that would be news.

frank mcguinness 4 years, 9 months ago

Thats funny TOM AND OKLAHOMA cause I'm 100% sure several DEMOCRATIC congressmen have requested that rangel step down from his chairmanship.

Furthermore the house in DC that tiahrt calls a church is probably going to lose it tax exempt status pretty quickly.

Remember when you point your finger at someone 4 are pointing back. Republicans are very very shady. See alaska former senator ted stevens, texas delay, I can keep this up for another paragraph or two.

kugrad 4 years, 9 months ago

Rangel's wrongdoings have been widely reported today, just not by the LJW. Just another bum making the case for term limits.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 9 months ago

Actually this is no real vindication. This type of investigating ought to be thrown out. House members investigating each other seems unethical.

Why not send it through the legal channels?

This Rangel situation should see a true legal review as well. Likely will not happen.

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