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Thursday, December 06, 2007

198 criminals in the House?

A reader writes:

Don't think for a second that the attack on Russ is not political. From what I know he sought and received permission for his wife to perform the work. He made the simple mistake of forgetting to acknowledge it on his disclosure statement. Disclosure statements get amended all the time, see the attached link.

Lawmakers rush to disclose trips in wake of DeLay furor

Scrutiny of Majority Leader Tom DeLay's travel has led to the belated disclosure of at least 198 previously unreported special-interest trips by House members and their aides, including eight years of travel by the second-ranking Democrat, a review has found.

At least 43 House members and dozens of aides had failed to meet the one-month deadline in ethics rules for disclosing trips financed by organizations outside the U.S. government.

The review of thousands of pages of records covered pre-2005 travel that was disclosed since early March. That's when news stories began scrutinizing DeLay's travel, prompting lawmakers to comb through their files to make sure they had disclosed their travel.

While most of the previously undisclosed trips occurred in 2004, some date back to the late 1990s. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer recently disclosed 12 trips, the oldest dating back to 1997.