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November 13, 2009

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flowerplough

Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers(http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/29055.html)

The House ethics committee is currently investigating seven African-American lawmakers — more than 15 percent of the total in the House. And an eighth black member, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), would be under investigation if the Justice Department hadn’t asked the committee to stand down.


Not a single white lawmaker is currently the subject of a full-scale ethics committee probe.

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A document leaked to The Washington Post last week showed that nearly three dozen lawmakers have come under scrutiny this year by either the House ethics committee or the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog created in 2008 at the insistence of Pelosi. While the list contained a substantial number of white lawmakers, the ethics committee has not yet launched formal investigative subcommittees with respect to any of them — as it has with the seven African-American members.

John

Could it be that members of one group are more likely to be unethical?

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