This story broke yesterday and is sure to create consternation in on K Street and Capitol Hill. The House Office of Congressional Ethics appears to be investigating campaign contributions made during the debate on the Wall Street reform legislation. From The Hill:
A House ethics office is demanding fundraising information from lobbyists on five Republicans and three Democrats, according to a document obtained by The Hill.
The House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) this month sent letters to officials on K Street requesting detailed information on the lawmakers, all of whom sit on the Financial Services Committee or the Ways and Means Committee.
The letter seeks wide-ranging fundraising and campaign contribution data from lobbyists about their dealings with the eight legislators dating back to the beginning of last year.
The lawmakers are Reps. John Campbell (R-Calif.), Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Mel Watt (D-N.C.).
It is unclear why the OCE is investigating these eight lawmakers, but two GOP members indicated the reason has to do with the financial regulatory reform bill that passed the House last year.