Ethics Investigation May Sabotage Berkley Campaign


The congressional ethics investigation into Rep. Shelley Berkley (D., Nev.) will likely cause problems for her throughout her current U.S. Senate campaign, according to the Las Vegas Sun:

The House Committee on Ethics voted unanimously Monday to appoint an investigative subcommittee, armed with full subpoena power, to determine whether Berkley violated the House’s Code of Official Conduct over matters “in which (her) husband had a financial interest.”…

Given the usual pace of investigations, it’s extremely unlikely Berkley’s ethics probe will conclude before Nevada voters go to the polls in November. And that means the investigation will continue to be a sword wielded by her opponents in one of the country’s most closely watched Senate contests.

“Any such decision is going to follow the election, not come before,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the Project on Government Oversight, a nonpartisan watchdog organization in Washington, D.C.

“Yes, you can expect Berkley’s opponent to harp on the fact that the ethics committee is conducting an investigation, and it’s very likely that the issue’s going to be brought up repeatedly through the course of the election,” Holman continued.