Coalition letter regarding Rep. Waters' Investigation

July 8, 2011

The Hon. Jo Bonner, Chairman

The Hon. Linda T. Sanchez, Ranking Member

House Committee on Ethics

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Bonner and Ranking Member Sanchez:

The investigation of Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA.) has been pending for approximately two years.

In March, we wrote to you regarding the status of this investigation. Now that the Committee has announced the hiring of several new staff positions, including Staff Director, we are writing again to ask for public information on when the Committee plans to resume its work and adjudicate the case.

Your Committee set up an investigatory subcommittee last October, but outside of the abrupt cancellation of a hearing, there has been no mention of the case. Still no hearings have been held, and, despite published reports of infighting among the Committee leaders, there is no indication about how or when the Committee plans to resolve this case. Such delays undermine confidence in the House ethics process and are unfair to all parties involved in the case.

We renew our request that the Committee issue a public statement regarding whether it has resumed work on this case or, if not, when it intends to do so, and when the Committee anticipates completing its adjudication of this case.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Campaign Legal Center

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Common Cause

Democracy 21

League of Women Voters

Public Citizen

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