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House Ethics Committee Extends Probe Of Rep. Shelley Berkley

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 12:17 pm March 23rd, 2012

CARSON CITY – The House of Representative’s Ethics Committee said today it is extending a probe of Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and will announce its course of action by July 9.

“The committee notes that the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the committee,” a statement from the panel’s chairman and ranking member said.

News of the extension was reported by Las Vegas Sun columnist Jon Ralston, who also quotes a Berkley spokeswoman who said in part: “The Nevada Republican Party filed a complaint against Congresswoman Berkley. As the committee reviews this complaint, they will determine that Congresswoman Shelley Berkley’s only concern is for the well being of Nevada’s patients.”

The complaint, prompted by a New York Times report, involves allegations that Berkley used her position to help her husband’s medical practice.

In response to the House Ethics announcement, National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Communications Director Brian Walsh said in part: “The news that the House Ethics Committee is extending their investigation of embattled Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is not surprising given what appears to be a pattern of ethical questions that have surrounded her activities over the years.”

Berkley is a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The allegations are also described in a report released Thursday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), in its new report Family Affair, detailing what the group says is evidence of how members of the House of Representatives use their positions to financially benefit their families. The report identified 248 House members who used their positions to financially benefit themselves or family members.

The CREW report also briefly mentioned Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., for receiving $10,710 for travel and other expenses from his campaign committee in the 2010 election cycle.