Liberal Group Wants Help to File Complaint Against Ohio Congressman

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

( - A liberal legal watchdog group is calling on House members to forward the group's complaint against Republican Ohio Congressman Bob Ney to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, in light of news that prosecutors are preparing a bribery indictment against him.

The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has been looking for a member of the House to file its complaint since March.

"With today's news that a bribery indictment against Rep. Bob Ney is likely forthcoming, we implore a Member of the House to finally file an ethics complaint against Rep. Ney," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW in a press release.

"We at CREW have been screaming from the rooftops about Rep. Ney's corruption for nearly a year. Our calls for an investigation into Rep. Ney's relationship with Jack Abramoff have fallen on deaf ears on both sides of the aisle. That should change with today's development," said Sloan.

"The House has completely abdicated its constitutional responsibility to police itself. The House ethics committee's continued failure to act while the criminal investigations and indictments against Members of Congress pile up is a national embarrassment," Sloan added.

Federal prosecutors allege that Ney received trips, tickets and campaign donations from Abramoff, an indicted lobbyist, in exchange for official acts.

"Although Rep. Ney has repeatedly and adamantly denied any wrongdoing, it is clear, as it has been since these scandals first came to light, that he is lying," Sloan concluded.

Ney was listed as one of CREW's 12 Most Corrupt Members of Congress in its Beyond DeLay report.

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