Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The House Excludes the Public

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The House Excludes the Public

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The House did a bad day's work last week when it watered down its ethics process, making it impossible for an ordinary citizen to file a complaint directly against a member of Congress. The change is undemocratic.

Its impact will be felt here immediately. A citizens group that wanted to file a complaint against Rep. Jerry Costello can't unless it gets a member of Congress to go along.

It's ironic that Mr. Costello voted against this measure; he'll be one of the first beneficiaries. The measure would make it harder for those who want to investigate his connections with Amiel Cueto, the Belleville lawyer recently convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The Congressional Accountability Project, which wants to file a complaint against Mr. Costello, must now find a House member to sponsor it. Because complaints are pending against three prominent Republicans, some GOP member will probably be willing to bring a charge against Democrat Costello. …

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