Congressional Ethics Committees Yield Little Punishment

It may have seemed brash when Rep. Charlie Rangel called for the House ethics committee to investigate questions about his apartment deals, taxes and an alleged quid-pro-quo donation for earmark scheme late last year. But if history is any guide, there's little reason for Rangel to worry. Why? Because congressional ethics committees rarely discipline members of Congress. "The ethics committees never do anything," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Ethics in Washington....Full Story
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