Dicks cleared in ethics probe
December 24, 2009 · Updated 11:30 AM
The Office of Congres–sional Ethics has closed an investigation into ethics charges filed in October against U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, a Democrat from Belfair, as well as Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. and James Morgan, D-Va., on Dec. 2.
The Washington Post reported that the three congressmen, as part of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, were charged for their relationship with the now-defunct PMA group, which had been steered more than $200 million in earmarks.
The panel’s decision, which advised against a formal House ethics investigation, was unanimous.
The defense-lobbying firm, which the ethics committee began investigating in June, broke up in February.
The firm’s founder, Paul Magliocchetti, is a close friend of Murtha, who heads the subcommittee.
Four other congressmen in the subcommittee are still under investigation.
The Office of Congressional Ethics is a quasi-independent body established by Congress in January 2007, after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called for it after being sworn in as speaker.