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Eight Lawmakers Face Ethics Probe Over Timing of Fundraisers, Reform Vote

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Seven congressmen are facing ethics questions because they held campaign fundraising events within a day or two of the Dec. 11 House vote on overhauling government regulation of investment banks and money managers on Wall Street.

An eighth House member, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), did not host a money event but raised at least $30,000 from financial firms and their advocates during a 10-day period before the vote, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Hensarling, a member of the Financial Services Committee, categorically denied "any implication of influence," a spokesman told the Post.

The other seven reportedly under scrutiny by the Office of Congressional Ethics are: Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.); Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), John Campbell (R-Calif.) and Christopher Lee (R-N.Y.). The Post said its information came from congressional sources and letters sent out by the ethics office. The OCE declined comment. But its investigation focuses on whether the timing of the fundraising created an unacceptable appearance of a conflict of interest, the newspaper said.
Rep. Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota
Spokesmen for Campbell, Crowley and Pomeroy (who raised $72,050, according to the Post) said the lawmakers all complied with ethics rules. Proving a quid pro quo in such cases is difficult.

The Wall Street legislation is now before a House-Senate conference committee and is expected to go to the White House for the president's signature later this year.

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