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Maxine Waters Accused Of Violating Ethical Rules

August 9, 2010 by  

Maxine Waters accused of violating ethical rules A House subcommittee has accused Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) of violating ethical standards by using her political influence to support a bank that had strong ties to her husband.

Federal investigators began looking into possible ethics violations in 2008 after Waters requested a meeting with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson concerning the fate of OneUnited Bank.

Waters’ husband, Sidney Williams, served on the board of directors of the bank until 2008 and was a stockholder in the corporation at the time of the meeting.

Three months after Waters requested to meet with treasury officials, OneUnited Bank received a $12 million bailout from the Federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, according to CBS News.

Waters, who had a hand in creating the recently-passed Wall Street reform bill, vehemently denied the charges, suggesting that she was only "advocating on behalf of minority banks."

"No benefit, no improper action, no failure to disclose, no one influenced: no case," said Waters, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee.

The announcement of the allegations against Waters came only one week after the same committee officially charged Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) with 13 separate ethical violations.

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  • s c

    While I can’t vote for or against Waters, I have to marvel at certain states that are so adept at electing people who are skilled in doing the most curious things. I can’t vote for or against Charlie ‘Rip-off’ Rangel, either. Many names come to mind.
    It boggles the mind how Congress can have so much authority to get things done, but the one thing it NEVER addresses on a regular basis is the obligation to police itself. In my lifetime, very few elected people in Washington get into REAL trouble. I’ll be happy to see Congress doing its laundry in public view. That assumes, of course, that “certain” people don’t get in the way of that laundry [yes, I do mean a certain personality named Pelosi] and America’s useful idiot, retarded MEDIA doesn’t try to whitewash the coming spectacle.
    Here’s to open and thorough investigations, a thoroughly outraged America, and lengthy prison sentences and cancelled retirements for those who deserve it. America, if you still trust politicians to go to Washington and represent you after what’s occurred over the last year and a half [AND for many years before that], YOU are a part of the problem.

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      sc…. I agree. If they were all investigated, and actually punished for any wrong doings, we would’t have many left in Washington. It seems the one who are without ethics, morals, values, and principles are the only ones in Washington!

      • Eric Bischoff

        Exactly so we go for the women and the blacks. Isn’t it nice how the white male club had the nerve to send Martha to jail for something that is known to be common practice. Let’s make an example of someone so that it’ll look like we are doing something.

        Even if it turns out to be manufactured, the damage will have been done. Just like what was done to Acorn which now turns out to have been manufactured. It doesn’t matter most people still think Acorn was a bad organization. Case closed, we won.

        The system is designed for cheating, loopholes, pork, etc, etc….

        It certainly is not a free market system.

        • marvin

          Eric Bischoff were have you been living under a rock or just plain stuped,it,s got to be a racist thing,an,t no reason for c rangel or waters to be under investigation rangel did not pay half his income tax, for over 10 years and more waters got 12 million dollars of tax money for a bank her husband was on the board as for acorn only people they help was there self at tax payers expence

        • kate8

          Living in CA, I can tell you that both Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein were both exposed for doing the same thing – using their positions to funnel taxpayer money to their hubby’s business.

          This is common practice with this utterly corrupt and criminal bunch we’ve got running the country. Why we go after some more than others is up for speculation. Maybe it depends on how far up they are in the elite NWO food-chain. Who knows. Some tax cheats get elevated to high positions, some are sacrificed. I guess they have their own rules at the top.

          They just ALL need to go.

        • http://naver Samurai

          OK, then let’s investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton, are they caucasian enough for you? How about Emaniel and many other people of the Obama bin Laden administration? Can we start with them. Everything about you has to be race, why is that? Are we drinking a lot of kool ade these days?

      • sarge 907

        It shouldn’t be hard to understand the reasoning behind our politicians ideology. We’ve spent the last forty years teaching them to disregard any moral responsibility.

        Money’s the name of the game now.

  • Al Sieber

    Well, I sure as hell can vote against John McCain again. she’ll get off, they’ll make this a racial issue.

    • JC

      I went with Deakin and Salvino in the 5th district.

  • dan az

    If they keep this up they might just look like there doing there jobs.

    • Al Sieber

      You have a point there, dan.

  • Jim H.

    Waters claims she went to the Treasury Secretary to represent minority banks. It’s just a coincident that the bank her husband works for received 12 million dollars. Have you noticed how many coincidence’s there are in congress? They happen so often that it isn’t a coincidence any more.

    • David in Ma.

      I wonder how many other minority banks she “represented” and if they got in on the deal and if so for how much…….Bet ya finds it was only one bank, the one her husband was involved in…..

  • Carole Howell

    sc what do you mean, after what has gone on in the last 1 1/2 years. I would extend that to the last 10 years.

    Congress does their investigations, then they classify info and ‘phoof’ it is never heard about again.

    Rangle and Waters, small potatoes, diversions from the really big crimes.

    The American people have been robbed, raped and pillaged.

    The American people are so divided in so many different ways. I get so tired of all this Conservatives against the Liberals crap, Republicans against the Democrats. Pro-lifers against so called pro-abortionists, this group against that group.

    We need to stop this bickering with each other and start paying attention. Nearly all of our congressmen and women are bought and paid for.

    Concentrate on what really matters before it is too late (if it is not already) Get corporate money and influence out of our government.
    Until we do that things will only get worse.

    • s c

      CH, you’re not a good reader. What I said and what you think I said are two different things. And, when it comes to corporations, please don’t waste my time bitching about corporations when you can’t see what is so immoral about the Fed. This topic is about
      Maxine Waters, not petty ‘bickering’ on side-issues.

    • John Cook

      Abramoff was during the Bush administration and at last count, 3 Republicans were indicted. The Rezco dealings in Chicago was during Obama’s watch in Chicago and in D.C., and not much came of that, even though many Democrats were involved. We’ll see how Waters and Franks and Rangel are washed over. Nothing will happen to them under Obama.

    • John Cook

      The facts need to the first things that need to be made straight and then who is responsible for what. People are tired of all the animosity in D.C., but don’t throw out the good with the bad. Of course, I can only think of a few good ones, like Jeb Hensarling, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, louie Gohmert, Ralph Hall.

  • patrick

    I would love to see all of our politicians with only one hand! Why you ask? Well in some countries and some religons, they say the punishment for stealing will be to cut off the hand that steals! Therefore, most , if not all of our politicans will be without one of their hands. I think most of them are guilty of some type of crime by using their office, title, or political party to influence others. Just look at Obammy and his crew of crooks, look at all the czars Obammy has appointed, without hearings that would have revealed who they really are, the daily circus of the 3 stooges, Pelosi, Reid, and Obammy. ATTN: the hand that will be cut off will be the one they use to sign their name with! No more signed laws or bills that alter our Constitution.

  • patrick

    What? Why is the article titled ” Ethical Rules violated”. Hell, I don’t think there is such a thing amongst most of our politicans as ethics! Just look at Obammy, Getner, Reid, Pelosi, Franks, Dood, Holder, Rangle, Bernanske, Jackson, Clinton, Kragan, etc etc, they all support abortion, and muslim terrorists, they are anti-American and anti-Christian, anti-Constitution, entitlement, grow gov’t, socialism, total control over your life and your finances. Ethics!!!! what a joke. Get off your asses and vote them all out of office, we will train new ethical rookies in the correct way to govern and to run this great country with One Nation Under God, for Liberty & Justice.

  • libra


    • Commonsense

      Amen to term limits and no extra bonuses for serving in the senate or congress. If you serve, do six years and thats it, you move right back to the same neighborhood you left when you went in. If your tires get slashed or you get your ass handed to you by your neighbors, then you know you did a bad job on the hill!

  • MikeN

    Cong. Paul Kanjorski D.-Pa. Got millions of dollars for his nephew’s business here in Pa. The business went bankrupt. Now I read that his nephew is a V.P. at a company in colorado and that company got a multi-million dollar grant from the govt. Big Paul says that it was a coincidence. When it comes to govt, I don’t believe in coincidence. He was once quoted as saying he has a right to help his family any way he can. I say, not with our tax dollars.

  • Average Joe

    Where is it written in the Constitution, in what article or section is it contained, that you may take children from their parents and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war in which the folly and wickedness of the government may engage itself? Under what concealment has this power lain hidden, which now for the first time comes forth, with a tremendous and baleful aspect, to trample down and destroy the dearest right of personal liberty? Who will show me any Constitutional injunction which makes it the duty of the American people to surrender everything valuable in life, and even life, itself, whenever the purposes of an ambitious and mischievous government may require it? … A free government with an uncontrolled power of military conscription is the most ridiculous and abominable contradiction and nonsense that ever entered into the heads of men.

    Daniel Webster

    I think it is time for us as parents and children to say enough…I will not comply. If the politicians want to fight endless war…Let “THEM” fight those wars….
    We need to stand up and tell them ” I WILL NOT COMPLY”. We need to protect our children from harm. We need to protect our Constitution and the American way of life. It is time to throw off the chains of tyranny and rise up against the usurpers of freedom and liberty. It is time to water the Tree of Liberty with the blood of tyrants once again.
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

    • Average Joe

      Sorry for being off topic here. I was on another of Bob’s posts and then came here,. I got a phone call that lasted 20 mins. and forgot that I had changed stories, Please forgive me folks.

      • David in Ma.

        It’s Bush’s fault!!!

        • Average Joe

          LMAO…of course it was……heck wasn’t he the one that killed off the dinosaurs?….well that’s what I heard.Heh.

          • JC

            Oh like that’s ALL? What about the Titanic? ;) lol

        • http://naver Samurai

          So I guess the tax cuts, erasing the marriage penalty, and increasing the deductions for our children was Bush’s fault? Of course it was. Do you think that this administration wants them to continue?

          • Average Joe

            Of course not….just a little satire and sarcasm…you know…everything that happens on Osama Bin Biden’s watch…always seems to get blamed on Bush by the Libby Von Shtoopes….didn’t you know…the Edsel and the Pinto were GW’s fault too?

  • Harold

    Ill bet my bottom dollar if she were a republican, there will be a much bigger investigation as democrats are getting deeper and deeper into problems in thier political graves come election day

    • Doc Sarvis

      It is good that the Democrats are policing themselves.

      • David in Ma.

        Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha YA RIGHT!

      • TIME

        LMAO, :-) Policing themselfs!

        Great humor dude, so give where do you get these one liners?

        • s c

          TIME, consider the source of the comment. DS is a progressive, and he BELIEVES what he said. He wants America to think it’s perfectly fine for Nazis to ‘police’ a wannabe Hitler.
          Getting back to Maxine Waters, I think if the American people do to her what she’s been trying to do to the American people, she may find herself in a very uncomfortable situation. Maybe she’ll move to Mexico. We can only hope. Hola!

        • kate8

          Policing themselves – that really IS hilarious.

          They occasionally throw one of the little fish under the bus, to keep us distracted from what the sharks are doing.

          • JC

            I just hope they don’t “police themselves” until they go blind! lol

    • marvin

      Harold, if they were repub ,waters and rangel] they would have resigned like all liberals the lie is better then the truth

  • Harold

    wonder why theres no link to Facebook on this site? or have i missed it?

  • jim

    look, this stuff is really very easy. if a public employee is caught doing the things they shouldn’t be doing , then punish them by removing them from office, sending them to jail and take all their benefits they’ve stolen from us taxpayers. when they get out, they can be re-elected by the loyal supporters. Marion Berry sound familiar? Let’s not make these things race or gender issues White people steal just as much as any other race. Skin color have anything to do with knowing the right way to live your life?

  • jopa

    This Maxine Waters case is somewhat identical to John Ensigns (R-Nevada)case where he was directing work to the Hampton guy who was a lobbyist.Ensign felt guilty about having sex with his wife and then the house ethic rules began to be violated.The only differance is the Waters case did’nt have the sex as in the Ensign case.There does’nt seem to be much going on with his case that I know of.I’m not a Martha Stewart fan but she really got screwed when she was sent up the creek.All those thieves on Wall Street and Bernie Madoff is the only one doing time.

    • David in Ma.

      Waters, no sex, can you be sure?

      • Average Joe

        Would you have sex with her?….I rest my case.

    • Montana

      The Democrats don’t get on their soap box and claim the high religious ground that the Republicans always do, like “Family Values ” comes to mind, thats one of the major differences between the two parties. You may not agree, but that’s how I see it.

      This was a long time in coming, goodbye “hush money” Senator John Ensign (R-NV), don’t let the door hit you. The party of “Family Values” my ass, more like the “Party of hypocrites”. Poor Christopher Lee, at least he resigned! What about the “diaper boy” and big mouth Senator David Vitter (R-LA)! Too Funny!

      Make room for more of the Arrogance, Race-baiting, Crazy talking Sharron Angle, who else can Nevada elect?

  • Ronald R.

    What’s needed is strict law enforcement against government corruption.
    Hold Congress responsible to the laws they put in place for citizens.

    It’s easy! No 10,000 page ‘open to interepretation legaleze,’ or trickle down pork required.

    Just a simple one sentence contract stating… “I accept the law of the land and hold myself punishable under the law.”

    Then in the future, present the contract to be signed by the electee and two (2) wittnesses before the oath of office is administered.
    Oh yeh! Without full compliance the electee is to hold no office!

    We should demand of our soon to be amended Congress that there be no other law and most especially no more Chicken Little, ‘hurry, hurry, the sky is falling’ catastrophies considered on the floor of the House and Senate until this is has been ratified by the House and Senate, signed into law by the President and posted on the internet.

    • john

      What’s needed is a couple of ropes.

  • David in Ma.

    Must be obama has no more use for them and wants them replaced with those who are challenging them for their seats. Rangall is 80 years old and is worried about Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

    I cannot remember who is after Waters seat…….get the younger ones elected and the socializing of America can go on until it’s completed.

    Whatever happens, REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!

  • TOM

    Lets watch for the cover up on this and the Rangle case.

  • marvin

    i swear to uphold the constitution of the united states and the laws there off so help me god this is the swearing in of all elected,but what they really mean is ,it was not my fault my lawyer or czar done it no it was g bushs fault, i was set up,i was called the N word i was spit on, the tea party done it, it,s the right winger fault,mabe it was nixon,s fault i am not a crook,it,s the republican fault,mabe jim carter or clinton,or popeye, oliveoil,never take the blame if you don,t have to this is the liberal motto or that law only applys to little people for we are above the law


    If supporting the birth of the Maxine Waters of the world could be prevented by simple abortion, I would have voted for it. I fear she is the prime example of a failed abortion.

  • alpha-lemming

    Not really on topic, but does anyone remember Ms. Waters’ comment upon the landing of the first Mars rover?? “Is it possible to drive the rover over to where the astronauts planted the American flag”??

    In retrospect, not really surprising she got caught. If you’re going to be a criminal (successful one anyway), you’d damned well better be smart!!

    • JC

      Also off topic, but I have to share this.
      Bob Hope 1940:

      • Average Joe

        OMG…too funny!

      • Michael J.

        Bob Hope was first class.
        Evryone loved Bob Hope.
        Why, even Dolly Parton recently paid tribute to Hope with her re-make of Bob’s classic signature tune, “Thanks for the Mammaries”.

      • alpha-lemming

        Never… EVER watch Bob Hope with a mouth full of cola!!

        • JC

          Oh no…sorry about that. lol

  • http://gmail i41

    Just some more black vitumologu crap, stealing and fraud is a in breed action of marxist democrats and espically blacks, look at the prison popuations. No matter how much the steal they have to make a little more. Water, Rangel and cold Cash just over reached. Now onumnutts has the Chinese credit card, and his Big Mamee can go on shopping sprees while the marxist muslim pounds the pumkin, great leadership models, live off of the taxpayers they’ll pay for dis an dat.

  • Raggs

    Poor black (offensive word removed)…
    I feel so sorry for her misguided soul…. and i guess that means more warfare to the sorry bastards that will not even get a job?

  • Michael J.

    California Democrat Maxine Waters passing judgement on the then speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich:

    “The house ethics committee found the Speaker guilty guilty guilty!” raged Rep. Maxine Waters on the House floor on December 7 1995. “. . it’s about time, believe me the American people do not appreciate double standard, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, no one should be so big, so important, so powerful, that they can violate the rules of this house and the laws of this country and not suffer the consequences. . .”

    In a just society Maxine Waters, “Ye shall reap what ye sew” (maybe)

    Read more at the Washington Examiner:

    Watch the video yourself.

  • Uncle Buck

    Let call it racism and then we’ll have to drop the charges. Corruption under the guise of racism is OK. Don’t you people get it?


    she’s black, gliberal, fe-lame and certifiably insane in a way only elected officals can get away with and remain on the street. She’s untouchable.


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