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Conservative Group Hits AOC with Ethics Complaint

Conservative Group Hits AOC with Ethics ComplaintA conservative watchdog group called Thursday for an ethics investigation of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, alleging that she employed improper fundraising techniques.The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics that accused the freshman New York Democrat of "improperly using taxpayer-funded resources and official action for political purposes in violation of numerous House ethics rules."At issue is Ocasio-Cortez's use of official House of Representatives footage on her political Twitter and Instagram accounts, which violates congressional ethics rules prohibiting the use of taxpayer-funded resources for the “solicitation of contributions” and other campaign activities. She has also improperly linked a solicitation for campaign contributions as well as her official House page to her political Instagram, a breach of the House ethics rule that official social-media accounts may not be used for campaigns.House ethics rules state that “broadcast coverage and recordings of House floor proceedings may not be used for any political purpose.”"Representative Ocasio-Cortez has not only violated the most basic congressional ethics laws on the books, she has done so repeatedly,” said FACT's executive director, Kendra Arnold. “These laws exist so that elected representatives are not using official business on behalf of the American people to push a political agenda or gain a political advantage. These are clear violations and the Ethics Committee needs to act.”Ocasio-Cortez has vowed to tackle and reform campaign-finance laws, which she said last month make it "super legal" for a member of Congress to be a "pretty bad guy."



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams 'bogus ethics complaints' over political donations

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams 'bogus ethics complaints' over political donationsAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez has rebuked a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission by a conservative group claiming her 2018 election campaign was in violation of campaign finance laws. The freshman Democrat responded on Thursday night to the complaint filed this week by the National Legal and Policy Centre in a tweet. Ms Ocasio-Cortez posted a link to an NBC News fact-check, which directly refuted the notion her campaign had violated any laws.



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Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is 'not well at all mentally', former White House ethics chief says

Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is 'not well at all mentally', former White House ethics chief saysDonald Trump must be removed from office as he is “not well at all mentally”, a former White House ethics chief has said. Richard Painter, who served as George W Bush’s ethics lawyer between 2005 and 2007, told cable network Msnbc Mr Trump’s national emergency declaration over illegal immigration was “clearly illegal” and the product of the president’s state of mind.



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Pope discusses ethics of artificial intelligence with Microsoft chief

Pope discusses ethics of artificial intelligence with Microsoft chiefMicrosoft President Brad Smith met Pope Francis on Wednesday to discuss the ethical use of artificial intelligence and ways to bridge the digital divide between rich and poor nations, the Vatican said. The head of the global tech giant and the 81-year-old Roman Catholic leader, who once said he is a “disaster” when it comes to technology, spoke for about 30 minutes in the pontiff’s residence. The pair discussed “artificial intelligence at the service of the common good and activities aimed at bridging the digital divide that still persists at the global level”, according to a statement.



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Whitaker Clears Himself to Manage Mueller Despite Ethics Concern

Whitaker Clears Himself to Manage Mueller Despite Ethics ConcernWhitaker never asked for a formal ethics recommendation, deciding instead, along with a small group of personal advisers, that there was no precedent for him to recuse under these circumstances, the official said. The official revised an account from earlier Thursday that Whitaker was told by ethics officers that he doesn’t have to recuse himself from being involved in the Mueller probe.



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President Trump's cabinet shake-up continues: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke out amid ethics cloud

President Trump's cabinet shake-up continues: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke out amid ethics cloudZinke, a former Montana congressman, faces numerous investigations looking into whether he used his office for personal gain.



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Microsoft to keep Pentagon bid amid ethics concerns

Microsoft to keep Pentagon bid amid ethics concernsMicrosoft said Friday it is prepared to provide its technology to the US military, including for a massive cloud computing project, despite ethics concerns among some of its employees and others in Silicon Valley. “All of us who live in this country depend on its strong defense,” Microsoft president Brad Smith said in a blog post. The statement came two weeks after Google dropped out of the bidding for the huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $ 10 billion.



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Goldman banker had raised ethics concerns: NYT

Goldman banker had raised ethics concerns: NYT(Reuters) – A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc partner had raised concerns about some unethical practices at the bank before he left in 2015, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing people close to the matter. James Katzman, who led the bank’s West Coast mergers-and-acquisitions practice, had used the whistle-blower hotline in 2014 to report on the investment bank trying to hire a customer’s child and colleagues’ repeated attempts to obtain and then share confidential client information, the paper reported nyti.ms/2CJ9wEq. The investigation was taken up by the bank’s general counsel and Katzman was urged to move past his complaints by several senior investment banking executives, the newspaper reported, citing several people familiar with the interactions.



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Sarah Sanders tweet about being kicked out of restaurant violates law, former White House ethics chief says

Sarah Sanders tweet about being kicked out of restaurant violates law, former White House ethics chief saysSarah Huckabee Sanders’ tweet about being kicked out of a restaurant broke the law, a former White House ethics chief has said. Ms Sanders, the White House press secretary, was asked to leave Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, because she works for Donald Trump. The senior Trump aide addressed the incident via her official White House Twitter account – telling her three million followers she “politely left” and the co-owner’s decision to kick her out “say far more about her than they do about me”.



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GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations lies

GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations liesWASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator who had expressed concerns about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mounted an outspoken defense of him Wednesday after a face-to-face meeting, calling ethics allegations against Pruitt "outrageous lies."



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