Rep. Marcia Fudge

Rep. Marcia Fudge drafts bill to restrict ethics office that investigated her top aide

Sabrina Eaton, THE PLAIN DEALER, 6/2/10. WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge has introduced legislation that would weaken a congressional ethics office that found her top aide improperly helped Congressional Black Caucus members take a free Caribbean trip that was funded by corporations.

The Plain DealerU.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge.The Warrensville Heights Democrat introduced legislation Friday to restrict disclosure of investigations by the Office of Congressional Ethics and require it to have a sworn complaint from a citizen with personal knowledge of alleged wrongdoing before initiating a probe.

“The Office of Congressional Ethics was created to provide more transparency in the House of Representatives,” Fudge said in a statement released in response to press inquiries. “We must now perfect its processes to ensure that those aims are achieved in a manner consistent with America’s spirit of justice. The processes must be fair to all people involved.” Read More