Investigators recommend more questions for Tom Price, two others in Congress

From the Associated Press:

House investigators have recommended that three lawmakers be further investigated to determine whether political contributions were improperly linked to votes on the huge financial overhaul bill.

The independent House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the member-run House ethics committee pursue potential rules violations by Republicans John Campbell of California and Tom Price of Georgia and Democrat Joseph Crowley of New York.

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell

The ethics office recommended no further investigation of five other lawmakers in the same probe: Democratic Reps. Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota and Mel Watt of North Carolina, and Republicans Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Chris Lee of New York, and Frank Lucas of Oklahoma.

All offices of the lawmakers had received letters from the OCE by Tuesday and made the conclusions public.

President Barack Obama signed the financial overhaul bill into law July 21. It aims to restrain Wall Street excesses with the most sweeping overhaul of financial rules since the Great Depression, clamping down on lending practices and expanding consumer protections to address failures that precipitated the 2008 meltdown that knocked the economy to its knees.

The Democrats — Crowley, Pomeroy and Watt — voted for the final bill. The Republicans — Campbell, Price, Hensarling, Lee and Lucas — voted against it.

Campbell said he was “perplexed by OCE’s decision, as they have presented no evidence that would suggest wrongdoing.”

Campbell added that he “always complied with the letter and the spirit of the law. To suggest otherwise is unfounded and untrue. In addition, my voting record and opposition to a culture of taxpayer-funded bailouts has been and always will be unshakable.”

Price said it was “truly a mystery” that his case was referred for further investigation.

“There being no evidence of any wrongdoing or any inconsistency in my policy position, one can only guess as to the motive behind their decision or even why they chose to initiate a review in the first place,” he said. “My constant allegiance to a transparent and conscious divide between my official duties as a member of Congress and my actions as a candidate is without question.”

The Office of Congressional Ethics is the same entity that raised questions about former congressman Nathan Deal, now the Republican nominee for governor, as well as U.S. Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.

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36 comments Add your comment

James P. Jackson

August 31st, 2010
6:51 pm

Apparently, Jim is a real democratic suck up.

rufus

August 31st, 2010
6:53 pm

what’s truly a mystery is what idiot would vote to re elect any member of Congress, of either party and especially the biggest crook in the ga. delegation, Cong. Tom, Buymyvoteatany, Price.

kinsi

August 31st, 2010
7:03 pm

I hear a lot of the GA GOP hollaring about getting rid of the status quo.

Let’s take a look at the corrupt/unethical Deal, Cagle, and Price. I can see why they want to get rid of the status quo, but have they ever heard of a mirror?

UGA guy

August 31st, 2010
7:03 pm

Apparently, James P. Jackson’s pond is a little shallow.

Vote them all out!

August 31st, 2010
7:06 pm

Tom “At Any” Price and Nathan “Crooked” Deal both need to go. Lack of ethics should trump other issues.

Former Patient of Tom Price

August 31st, 2010
7:19 pm

I personally know Tom Price ever since he was our team physician in High School. He is a welcome break from the corrupt lawyers we have in office. This is as asinine an inquiry as I could possibly imagine. Its like investigating Mother Theresa for not following the indian caste system and showing preferential treatment to orphans. My thought? any honest politician (Like Tom Price) is not liked by the others with major political agendas and axes to grind and are targets. SHOW US THE EVIDENCE…this is baseless garbage.

Fishawk

August 31st, 2010
7:20 pm

These guys are crooks and immoral. If you want to help Ga., get rid of them. They are waste products.

Former Patient of Tom Price

August 31st, 2010
7:23 pm

Kinsi/”Vote them all out – do you even know of what you speak or are you just democrat shills? Show me ANY evidence Tom Price has ethical issues? Yes, it makes a lot of sense….he transitions his career from a busy and well respected orthopaedic surgeon to take on the muckrakers in congress and the media , I’m sure he left it all behind to get tangled up in ethics issues.
We need MORE TOM PRICE like folks in congress who actually have worked for a living ( he happened to spend the majority of his life saving those of others) who can clean up congress.

Not sure on ethics....but

August 31st, 2010
7:29 pm

Know nothing about ethics issues, don’t know enought to decide. But I do know that any call to Tom Price’s office, is either met with mis-information, or transfed to “someone” who handles that. Still waiting for a call back. A do nothing office. Tom needs to “clean” his house!

Wish someone was running against him.

RGB

August 31st, 2010
7:29 pm

I’m with Tom Price and sure wish someone like him would replace my current congressman John Lewis.

I hate to even type his name. Really.

stopthebull

August 31st, 2010
7:35 pm

Deal, Price, and Newt, It’s no surprise these hypocrits are only in it for the money but their biggest hope is that America will fail so they can have another chance to enrich themselves and their friends even more. If they get that chance they may even be able to finish what they started and bring us into a full blown world depression.

Peter

August 31st, 2010
7:40 pm

Seems only fitting. What goes around, comes around. Be mindful of Tom’s partisan “Truth Squad” while the Republicans held a majority.

Southern Harmony

August 31st, 2010
7:45 pm

if he did nothing/thinks he did nothing wrong he should fight it
if he did leave now run for lt. gov with his buddy
we see how smart the gop voters are in Ga.
MONDS 2010

Southern Harmony

August 31st, 2010
7:48 pm

AJC why isnt in the
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Gubernatorial profiles ?

Southern Harmony

August 31st, 2010
7:49 pm

A.J.C why isnt Monds in the
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Gubernatorial profiles

Roswell Citizen

August 31st, 2010
8:08 pm

I know Tom Price as well. He is pompous and self-serving. I am tired of him and his hypocritical type. Thank goodness the Ethics Committee is half Democratic and half Republican – so he can’t spit his venom at the godless Democrats. He will have to take his medicine like a big boy.

joey

August 31st, 2010
8:19 pm

a Republican and scandal? No really….next you’ll be telling me Newt had an affair

janet

August 31st, 2010
8:19 pm

Tom Price told his fellow church members years ago that he left his medical practice “there wasn’t enough money in it”. It’s value when he left was 2 million dollars as reported in The Beacon. His last financial records when he ran for office revealed a net worth of over 6 million dollars. Not bad for a Doctor who became a Congressman for what ? To help who? He has done nothing for his district since getting into office but he is a master of the photo op.

Mr. KnowitAll

August 31st, 2010
9:57 pm

ANYBODY–like Tom Price—in Congress, who are clean-livers and looking to change the stagnant, stench of cronyism in government, is going to get attacked from every direction. You think Nancy Pelosi–the most powerful woman on the planet, who has shown herself to be delusional countless times—likes Tom Price? HELL NO!
Think she would go after him with everything she’s got to smudge his image? You damned right!

This is simply classic mud and slime slung around political circles to see if they can get something to stick.

Tom Price is a clean politician. Look at the accusers and what their motive is and you will see who the scumbags are.

William in Lithonia

August 31st, 2010
10:37 pm

America needs jobs.

The unemployment rate is highest in the very groups that could build a clean energy infrastructure to make America energy independent and repair the infrastructure that is in need of repair.

Republicans claim a Depression is not the time for raising taxes on the top 2% (who don’t invest when no one has money to buy anything) and is not a time for government spending.

Republicans are wrong on both accounts as Franklin Roosevelt proved when his policies got us out of the first great depression caused by Republican tax cuts and deregulation.

President Roosevelt raised the top tax rate to 90% and initiated massive government spending (including World War II, the GI Bill, regulation of banks, infrastructure spending, and a social safety net.) He won world war II and created the greatest middle class in history out of the Great Depression like a Phoenix rising from the Republican deregulation ashes.

America went from importing 24% of our oil to importing over 65% in the past 40 years.

American dependencey on foriegn energy is one of our biggest national security risks. Even worse now than during the Oil embargo of the 1970’s.

America uses a lot of oil. Every day 85 million barrels of oil are produced around the world. And 21 million of those are used here in the United States.

That’s 25% of the world’s oil demand. Used by just 4% of the world’s population.

Can’t we just produce more oil?

Consider this: America imports 12 million barrels a day, and Saudi Arabia only produces 9 million a day. Is there really more undiscovered oil here than in all of Saudi Arabia?

There are several pillars to the Pickens Plan:

Create millions of new jobs by building out the capacity to generate up to 22 percent of our electricity from wind. And adding to that with additional solar generation capacity;
Building a 21st century backbone electrical transmission grid;
Providing incentives for homeowners and the owners of commercial buildings to upgrade their insulation and other energy saving options;
and Using America’s natural gas to replace imported oil as a transportation fuel in addition to its other uses in power generation, chemicals, etc.

New jobs from renewable energy and conservation.

Any discussion of alternatives should begin with the 2007 Department of Energy study showing that building out our wind capacity in the Great Plains – from northern Texas to the Canadian border – would produce 138,000 new jobs in the first year, and more than 3.4 million new jobs over a ten-year period, while also producing as much as 20 percent of our needed electricity.

Building out solar energy in the Southwest from western Texas to California would add to the boom of new jobs and provide more of our growing electrical needs – doing so through economically viable, clean, renewable sources.

To move that electricity from where it is being produced to where it is needed will require an upgrade to our national electric grid. A 21st century transmission grid which will, as technology continues to develop, deliver power where it is needed, when it is needed, in the direction that it is needed, will be the modern equivalent of building the Interstate Highway System in the 1950’s.

Beyond that, tremendous improvements in electricity use can be made by creating incentives for owners of homes and commercial buildings to retrofit their spaces with proper insulation. Studies show that a significant upgrading of insulation would save the equivalent of one million barrels of oil per day in energy by cutting down on both air conditioning costs in warm weather and heating costs in winter.

A domestic fuel to free us from foreign oil.

The Honda Civic GX Natural Gas Vehicle is the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle in the world according to the EPA.

Conserving and harnessing renewable forms of electricity not only has incredible economic benefits, but is also a crucial piece of the oil dependence puzzle. We should continue to pursue the promise of electric or hydrogen powered vehicles, but America needs to address transportation fuel today. Fortunately, we are blessed with an abundance of clean, cheap, domestic natural gas.

Currently, domestic natural gas is primarily used to generate electricity. It has the advantage of being cheap and significantly cleaner than coal, but this is not the only use of our natural gas resources.

By aggressively moving to shift America’s car, light duty and heavy truck fleets from imported gasoline and diesel to domestic natural gas we can lower our need for foreign oil – helping President Obama reach his goal of zero oil imports from the Middle East within ten years.

Nearly 33% of every barrel of oil we import is used by 18-wheelers moving goods around and across the country by burning imported diesel. An over-the-road truck cannot be moved using current battery technology. Fleet vehicles like buses, taxis, express delivery trucks, and municipal and utility vehicles (any vehicle which returns to the “barn” each night where refueling is a simple matter) should be replaced by vehicles running on clean, cheap, domestic natural gas rather than
imported gasoline or diesel fuel.

The Obama Biden comprehensive New Energy for America plan will:

Provide short term relief to American families facing pain at the pump
Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined
Put 1 million Plug In Hybrid cars – cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon – on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America
Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025
Implement an economy wide cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050

Prior to 1950 the U.S. had absolute energy independence. In 1950 the USA was producing over 50 percent of the world’s oil, enough for all of its own needs with plenty left over for exports. But the post World War II U.S. economic boom eventually created demand for more oil than U.S. wells could produce.

Between 1950 and 1973 (the year of the embargo) U.S. oil imports had grown from near zero to about 32 percent of U.S. oil consumption. By 1994, the U.S. was importing more oil than it produced. In 2010, oil imports will provide about 60 percent of all oil consumed in the USA.

The 1973 oil embargo had exposed the harsh reality that America was dangerously dependent on imported oil. The energy independence policies of Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter had demonstrated that America can achieve strategic energy independence through political will and legislative action.

It took nearly ten years for U.S. energy independence policies to take effect and reverse the trend of growing oil dependence, but the results were worth the effort.

For a brief period between 1982 and 1985 U.S. oil imports averaged less than 30% of total U.S. oil consumption.

Developing alternative energy sources (primarily coal, nuclear and natural gas to replace fuel oil used for heating and electricity generation) and keeping oil imports below 30% of total oil consumption had broken the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and ultimately exposed OPEC’s vulnerability: dependence on oil money.

The USA enjoyed strategic energy independence between 1982 and 1985.

But then, in 1986 U.S. oil imports began to increase again. Why?

By July 1986 the price of oil had fallen below $9 per barrel. Ronald Reagan was then President of the United States.

President Reagan had abandoned the energy independence policies of his predecessors in favor of a free market policy, where private industry would provide all of America’s energy needs without government interference.

The gap between the wealthiest Americans and middle- and working-class Americans has more than tripled in the past three decades, according to a June 25, 2010 report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Since 1980, we’ve lost half our manufacturing jobs. We’ve lost 10 million manufacturing jobs since job protecting tariffs were cut.

Imports are $1.563 trillion (2009 est.) $2.117 trillion (2008 est.)

Imports – commodities:
agricultural products 4.9%, industrial supplies 32.9% (crude oil 8.2%), capital goods 30.4% (computers, telecommunications equipment, motor vehicle parts, office machines, electric power machinery), consumer goods 31.8% (automobiles, clothing, medicines, furniture, toys)

March 20, 2003 the price of oil was $26 per barrel. Five years later, March 20, 2008 the price of oil had risen to $100 per barrel. Then, during July of 2008 the price of oil hit $147 per barrel, with a weekly average of $130.

From September 2007 through October 2008, the world economy was rocked by the unprecedented transfer of more than one trillion dollars from European, Asian and American economies into Middle East national treasuries in exchange for oil.

Between 2003 and the summer of 2008 the price of oil quadrupled because of market fears. War in the Middle East and threat of a nuclear armed Iran intensified worldwide fear of an oil supply interruption — fear of a global oil shortage produced the market speculation responsible for pushing oil prices to $147 per barrel during the summer of 2008.

Fear of a global oil shortage added a “fear premium” to the cost of oil, inflating the price of oil on the world market by over two trillion dollars per year. The increased cost of oil caused over two trillion dollars to be taken out of consumers’ pockets worldwide. Two trillion dollars that was no longer available for buying other products and services. Global business stalled, jobs were cut, and consumers stopped spending.

The dramatic rise and fall of worldwide oil prices exposed the insidious influence of unregulated commodity speculation. Clandestine trading on the world commodity market caused the price of oil to spike to a level that would otherwise only result from a terrorist attack on a major oil production facility or supply line.

In addition to putting our security in the hands of potentially unfriendly and unstable foreign nations, we spent $475 billion on foreign oil in 2008 alone. That’s money taken out of our economy and sent to foreign nations, and it will continue to drain the life from our economy for as long as we fail to stop the bleeding.

Projected over the next 10 years the cost will be $10 trillion – it will be the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind.

August 17, 2010:

Less than a High school diploma, 25 or older: 15% unemployment.

High school graduates, no college, 25 or older: 10% unemployment.

Some College or Associate Degree, 25 or older: 8% unemployment.

Bachelors degree and higher, 25 or older: 5% unemployment.

America needs jobs.

The unemployment rate is highest in the very groups that could build a clean energy infrastructure to make America energy independent and repair the infrastructure that is in need of repair.

Republicans claim a Depression is not the time for raising taxes on the top 2% (who don’t invest when no one has money to buy anything) and is not a time for government spending.

Republicans are wrong on both accounts as Franklin Roosevelt proved when his policies got us out of the first great depression caused by Republican tax cuts and deregulation.

President Roosevelt raised the top tax rate to 90% and initiated massive government spending (including World War II, the GI Bill, regulation of banks, infrastructure spending, and a social safety net.) He won world war II and created the greatest middle class in history out of the Great Depression like a Phoenix rising from the Republican deregulation ashes.

We can solve our economic problems, our lack of jobs, by solving our energy dependence and infrastructure problems and restrict the necessary spending to products made in America.

Bored in Lavonia

August 31st, 2010
11:08 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….

PEH

September 1st, 2010
6:05 am

I am proud of Tom Price, his voting record and conduct in Congress. His name shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same sentence with Nathan Deal, Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel. Cant’t help but wonder if Georgia’s Republican upper crust along with others who backed Deal in the last election had any thing to do with this investigation.

Price stood almost alone against them in his support of Karen Handel. It appears our Republican establishment prefer a corrupt ‘good ole boy’ to Handel who had fresh ideas and did not always walk the Republican line. What a shame! They have made Georgia a laughing stock and placed thoughtful conservative Republican voters in an impossible position.

How can we support someone like Nathan Deal? And his Democratic opposition is just another ‘good ole boy’ with an impossible voting record combined with continued support of teacher unions who put
the welfare of Georgia’s students at risk. Protecting their jobs with no accountability is their Number One concern. How sad and how dangerous for the future of our kids.

What do we do…as a concerned senior citizen in Cherokee County I am worry about the future of the USA and Georgia. We need to pray for guidance, our country and our state.

HELL NO YOU CAN'T!

September 1st, 2010
7:36 am

“a Republican and scandal? No really….next you’ll be telling me Newt had an affair”

Newt had an affair!? Say it ain’t so!

MiltonMan

September 1st, 2010
7:48 am

Rufus the dufus = Your typical Democrat. Who exactly should we vote for to throw Price out since no one is running against him???

Liberals – please spend 5 minutes going a little research before posting on here & displaying your single digit IQ.

Sandra

September 1st, 2010
7:56 am

I’m with Don’t know about his ethics- don’t know enough to judge, but I definitely agree that he is totally that he does not respond (unless you donate the big bucks because there are people he responds to). However, I have called his office several times to either register a complaint (guess he doesn’t like those) or to ask a question. Never any response. However, he was very willing to purchase my cell phone number and do an automated survey during the health care debate that only let you answer yes or no when they were ABSOLUTELY not yes or no answers. Of course, in his mind they were and he only wanted to substaniate what he wanted to do. First of all, I did NOT give anyone from his campaign permission to utilize my cell phone for any purpose and I did not appreciate it.
In Cobb County we never get anyone to vote for if they don’t have an ‘R’ behind their name and when they get voted in they somehow magically have the money to stay there and there is no one who will run against them. It’s disgusting. I fully intend to write in Mickey Mouse for every unopposed politician this election term.

Also, being a doctor doesn’t make him an ethical person. Tom Price is all about promoting himself and you should make no mistake about it.

KB1

September 1st, 2010
8:07 am

PEH must have never really looked at Tom Price’s voting record. This useless politician never does anything but follow the crowd, and/or the money. We could have, (maybe should have), sent a high school student to just go to Washington and vote the way the RNC says EVERY time.

I guess you are happy with his support for Karen Handle? Why, he wanted our kids who are falling behind in eductation, to have a Governor candidate who would not even get a degree? Nice message to the young crowd – Don’t bother finishing school, just follow my lead… Hey, I went to school at night to get my degree, along with millions of others, what’s her problem? Heck now you can get your degree online, and never leave your house. So, I have to wonder WHY would Tom Price support her and what does that say about him.

MiltonMan, I’ll make this as simple as possible: You throw out the crooked ones and FIND someone better. There is such a thing as a RECALL, which does not require an immediate vote.

The Real Politico

September 1st, 2010
8:16 am

“MiltonMan

September 1st, 2010
7:48 am
Liberals – please spend 5 minutes going a little research before posting on here & displaying your single digit IQ.”

THIS FROM SOMEONE LIVING IN A CITY CREATED SIMPLY TO LEAVE THE COUNTY AND CREATING A NEW GOVERNMENT. GO FIGURE.

Pat

September 1st, 2010
8:18 am

Let the evidence speak for itself. No evidence has been presented. The vehement character assasinations are simply bullets from those who believe that our government can solve all of our problems. Those that do, do not understand the nature of man.

Mr. Grumpy

September 1st, 2010
8:26 am

Isn’t interesting how Republicans, like Milton Man, will defend the indefensible likes of Tom Price, a guy who has made a fortune at the expense of others. He’s contributed not one positive minute to the debate about government, but will gladly take as much $$$$ as he can to get re-elected. Milton Man, give us a list of what Tom Price has done for his constituents. The investigation involves whether he took money from those private interests who wanted to stop the effort to make changes to the way Wall Street and the banking interests had been doing business — you know, the long-time, unregulated group who got us into the mess that even George W. Bush had to try to undo. The ethics panel is made up of Democrats and Republicans who must unanimously agree to investigate a House member. Included in this round of investigations are Democrats as well, who, if found to be crooked like Price, ought to be removed from office. So, this isn’t politics, unless you believe only crooked Democrats and not crooked Republicans should be removed from office.

deegee

September 1st, 2010
8:54 am

Obama must have done something right in the FinReg legislation. At least one wealthy Wall Street banker that gave a lot to the Democrats has decided to contribute to Republicans. Doesn’t that just sum things up for us?

horse

September 1st, 2010
12:48 pm

Tom’s probably not as bad as Chip Rogers, where allegations of running illegal sports betting 10+ years ago have begun to surface.

Peter

September 1st, 2010
5:44 pm

Sandra – I agree that Tom’s “surveys” (the way they are constructed) are simply meant to be endorsements. I can’t fill them out but send the blank form back with a letter. I found that rather than REPRESENTATION, Tom felt his place was to campaign for the conservative agenda. I agree he’s totally unresponsive to constituent input that is divergent.

WTF

September 1st, 2010
9:57 pm

Tom Price is the most arragant, do nothing member of Congress. All he does is say no . . no . . no to anything that the administration does to try to look out for the middle class. Like the rest of his ilk all he cares about is himself, making money and seeing the country fail. He needs to go back to Michigan and hang out with the un-American melitia idiots where the came from.

calvinb

September 2nd, 2010
4:56 pm

Send the BUM straight to JAIL!!!

James E. Smith

September 2nd, 2010
11:41 pm

Tom unfortunately is bullet-proof. He is a conservative third-term Republican in the most conservative district in the United States and takes money for voting the way he and his Republican constituents already believe. Thus he can in fact point to a clear and consistent voting pattern: No/No/No/Why Don’t You Look At My Marvelous and Ingenious Health Care Plan?/No. Which is why those PACs shell out all that dough. But the last time I looked at his campaign portfolio, contributions from health insurance, pharmaceutical and medical providers amounted to over 80 per cent – so I can only wonder that there is even any room for money from financial sector lobby groups. Maybe he was trying to make sure the medical folks knew he had other friends with wallets.

It would be fun, though, to see him and Deal duke it out in the next gubernatorial primary if he runs.

Peter

September 3rd, 2010
8:44 pm

Doesn’t seem Tom has many suporters, but who needs supporters when you have all that money rolling in . . .