Patt Morrison for August 2, 2010

Maxine is in hot-Waters…but do a powerful Congresswoman’s ethics violations matter to her district?

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U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters is under investigation due to alleged ethics violations

We have entered a time period where elected officials are picking up charges of ethics violations as often as updating their twitter. The newest case is that of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, who is accused of setting up a $12 million dollar handout to a bank that her husband formerly held a seat on the board of directors. The 10-term lawmaker is not the only one recently who has run up against trouble; in-fact there is plenty of controversy to distract you from the quickly approaching mid-term elections. But instead of wondering who will win, maybe the more poignant thought should be wondering if they can keep their hands clean.

Guests:

Kitty Felde, KPCC Washington D.C. correspondent

Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

Marqueece Harris-Dawson, president, Community Coalition


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