Ethics Panel Investigating Congressman Lee, Seven Other House Members

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NYTIMES/WKBW) -- A Congressional ethics watchdog body is investigating whether as many as eight House members may have improperly shifted their positions on a bill to overhaul financial regulations in return for campaign contributions, according to the New York Times.

The Office of Congressional Ethics has asked the members for information on political donations received before the House voted in December on the regulatory bill.

The eight members, all of whom are on the Financial Services or Ways and Means committees, are John Campbell, Republican of California; Joseph Crowley, Democrat of New York; Jeb Hensarling, Republican of Texas; Chris Lee, Republican of New York, Frank Lucas, Republican of Oklahoma; Earl Pomeroy, Democrat of North Dakota; Tom Price, Republican of Georgia, and Mel Watt, Democrat of North Carolina.

Congressman Lee's office released the following statement in response to the audit:

“We were contacted by the OCE about an audit it has begun regarding a bipartisan group of Members. We were informed that the OCE has conducted similar audits in the past of groups of Democratic and Republican Members. Chris believes strongly in accountability, has always complied with all federal laws, and is happy to comply with the OCE’s request.”

Read the full story at the NY Times website here.