In a campaign video released this fall, Feeney said: "Five years ago, when I was first elected to Congress, I was invited on a trip to Scotland. I found out later it was paid for by a corrupt lobbyist. It was a rookie mistake, and I did everything I could to make it right. I reported it to the Ethics Committee, and I paid the money back. I embarrassed myself, embarrassed you, and for that, I'm very sorry."
By Tuesday morning, Feeney's campaign website, along with the video, was already taken down. A call to his office was not returned.
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Despite being under federal investigation for his relationship with disgraced former Congressman Duke Cunningham and being named one of the most corrupt members of Congress by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Rep. Jerry Lewis appears to have won a 16th consecutive term in office. With 60 percent of the precincts in his California district reporting, he has won with 62 percent of the vote.
CREW expressed concern about Lewis' efforts to pass earmarks which they said appeared as if the Congressman "traded legislative assistance for campaign contributions." Lewis has strenuously denied those allegations saying that the earmarks benefited his district.
Lewis is alleged to have accepted thousands of dollars from the same corporation that was involved in the Cunningham scandal. He has denied any wrongdoing. Cunningham, a Republican from San Diego, was sentenced to over eight years in prison for tax evasion and conspiracy. Federal prosecutors began probing the relationship between the two in 2006, and Lewis has reportedly spent over $1 million in attorney fees stemming from the investigation.
Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
While there have not been any recent developments, Mollohan has been under investigation by the Justice Department following media reports in 2006 into his activities. He ran unopposed and will begin his 14th term in Congress in January.
The FBI is investigating whether Mollohan financially benefited from steering millions in federal funds to non-profit groups connected to him. Mollohan has denied the allegations and has not been charged with a crime.
Scandal also took its toll on Republicans whose members had resigned instead of facing a tough reelection bid. In Arizona, where Republican Rep. Rick Renzi resigned after being indicted on federal corruption charges though he denies wrongdoing, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, a state representative, was victorious.
Similarly, the district of Republican Rep. Vito Fossella went to a Democrat. The Staten Island Republican announced he would not seek reelection after a drunk driving arrest in Virginia led to the revelation he had fathered a child out of wedlock. Now city councilman Michael Mahon will take the slot.
One seat vacated by members under a cloud of scandal remains a toss up – that of Republican Rep. John Doolittle, who is under investigation in connection with the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Republican Tom McClintock, a former state assemblyman, is in a dead heat with Democrat Charlie Brown, a retired Air Force officer who nearly beat Doolittle in 2006.