Friday ethics

Rep. Brad Miller, D-Raleigh, and Rep. Sue Myrick, R-Charlotte, are mentioned in ethics and government-transparency stories today.

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Mark Binker

Two U.S. Representatives from North Carolina have been mentioned prominently on ethics and government-transparency websites this week.

  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington released a report this week saying Rep. Sue Myrick, a Charlotte-area Republican, has paid family members more money than any other member of Congress. The report says Myrick's campaign paid her stepdaughter’s company, Myrick/Gunter Advertising, $408,818 over the 2008 and 2010 campaign cycles. A spokesman for the Myrick campaign told the Charlotte Observer that payments were for major media buys on billboards, radio and television. You can click here to visit CREW's website and click here to download a PDF of the report. Other North Carolina lawmakers mentioned in the report include Patrick McHenry, who paid his sister $41,740 in 2010 to be his campaign treasurer, as well as G.K. Butterfield, Larry Kissell, Mike McIntyre, and Mel Watt.
  • United Republic, a good government group that includes disgraced former lobbyist turned reformer Jack Abramoff, is pushing retiring members of Congress to disclose when they enter into negotiations for a private sector job. The group wants to know particularly if the job relates to lobbying or other similar employment in Washington, D.C. Rep. Brad Miller, a Raleigh Democrat, told the group he didn't plan on becoming a lobbyist but would disclose his discussions if he did so. Click here for a post from the group that includes video of Miller talking to them.

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