International Business Times: Congressman Took Job With Business Group While Writing Tax Bill that Benefits its Members


Congressional ethics laws appear to require lawmakers to recuse themselves from shaping or voting on laws that would financially benefit themselves, their family or their future employers. But Ohio Rep. Pat Tiberi accepted an offer to run a state trade organization, the Ohio Business Roundtable (BRT), while helping write the Republican tax bill.


“At a minimum, it is fair to say that Members are supposed to be mindful of the appearance of a conflict of interest when it comes to issues that can affect their future employer's interests,” Brendan Fischer, director of the Federal and FEC Reform Program at the Campaign Legal Center, told IBT.

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