Rep. Cummings Asks True the Vote for Documents About Voter Registration Challenges

By: Friday October 5, 2012 12:40 pm

I’ve written previously about the Texas-based Tea Party group “True the Vote” involving themselves in voter suppression efforts in swing states. Some state laws allow any individual to challenge another’s voting status, and this has been put to use by True the Vote’s spinoff organizations in Ohio and at least three other states, to a disproportionate degree against minorities, students and other traditional Democratic constituencies. True the Vote claims they are merely trying to clean up voter rolls and prevent voter fraud.


House Democrats Lob Bribery, Tax Evasion Allegations at Walmart

By: Friday August 17, 2012 2:15 pm

Two House Democrats have come into possession of evidence of significant crimes by Walmart, including bribery. The Democrats, Henry Waxman and Elijah Cummings, sought additional documents from Walmart on possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The joint investigation by the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee is apparently ready to go with a report, but Waxman and Cummings asked Walmart CEO Michael Duke basically if he had anything to add before the final report was released. This includes access to documents which the committees requested.

Lavish Conference Spending Causes Resignations, Firings of GSA Leadership

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 7:30 am

Martha Johnson, head of the General Services Administration, resigned and two of her deputies were fired after revelations of extravagant expenses for a GSA convention. GSA is responsible for ensuring the integrity of billions in federal purchases. Congressional inquiries are likely to follow.

House Oversight Democrats Told Birth Control Access Hearing “Not About Reproductive Rights”

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 8:20 am

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee complained loudly about the Republican majority’s refusal to allow minority witnesses at a hearing on the Administration’s birth control access rules. The panel, which is happening live right now, was announced by Chairman Darrell Issa with the participation of nine panelists, all of whom oppose the new rules, including a member of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

FHFA IG: Fannie Mae Knew About Foreclosure Fraud in 2003

By: Wednesday October 5, 2011 4:02 pm

The real bombshell of the past 24 hours in housing was the report of the FHFA Inspector General, the second in two weeks damning the conduct of the GSEs In this case, Fannie Mae was found to have known about foreclosure fraud, including serial fabrications of foreclosure documents and robo-signing, as far back as 2003.

Darrell Issa Steps in It, Inadvertantly Reveals Improper Use of Congressional Funds to Serve AEI

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 1:30 pm

Republicans are big fans of projection. When they’re neck-deep in conflicts of interest, they like to hide it by accusing Democrats of such conflicts. When they leak stuff, they accuse Democrats. When they mismanage stuff, they accuse Democrats.

And yesterday, Darrell Issa got caught doing just that.

Republican FCIC Commissioners Shared Internal Documents with Outside Operatives

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 3:00 pm

When Darrell Issa took over the House Oversight Committee, Democrats were nervous that he would use it as a launching pad to pummel the White House with frivolous investigations. It hasn’t really worked out that way. And now, he’s covering investigations up.

Chairman Issa Picking Minority Witnesses for Hearings on Oversight Committee

By: Friday June 3, 2011 2:55 pm

Darrell Issa is trying to stop House Oversight Committee Democrats from calling minority witnesses for hearings, and if successful this could become a more widespread Congressional practice.

Darrell Issa Complains that Janet Napolitano Took a Whole Year to Change Michael Chertoff’s Inefficient FOIA Process

By: Friday April 1, 2011 4:30 pm

At issue is the process by which top DHS officials review–and are alerted to–sensitive FOIA releases. The policy in place up until July 2010 was put in place in 2006. That is, under Michael Chertoff.

Cummings Seeks Copies of Industry Group Letters on Regulation Privately Sent to Issa

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 7:05 am

Cummings previously requested these documents from Issa, but Issa plans to withhold them until a public release and analysis next Friday. So Cummings is going right to the source.

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