Tim Bishop Top Story
Since Tim Bishop has been in Congress, he has voted for trillions of dollars in higher taxes, billions of dollars in wasteful spending and repeatedly voted to increase our debt limit, while 45,000 more people are unemployed on Long Island.
Rep. Tim Bishop helped a constituent obtain permits to hold a fireworks show at the same time that his campaign solicited the constituent for a donation.
The nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) recently listed Bishop as one of the most corrupt members of Congress. (http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/mostcorrupt/entry/tim-bishop).
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U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop's help in getting fireworks permits for a Hamptons bar mitzvah at the request of a businessman who later donated $5,000 to his campaign has at least one government watchdog group questioning whether Bishop violated House ethics guidelines, or perhaps even laws
The New York Post called it "a bribe," and called for an FEC investigation in to matter
The constituent claimed that Molly Bishop "didn't hesitate to solicit me in the heat of battle" and called the request "really gross"
Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said Bishop "accepted an illegal gratuity, which is a federal crime. You're not allowed to get contributions as a thank-you for using your official position."
Sloan: "It's clear this is an ethics violation; House rules prohibit tying official actions to campaign contributions."
The House Ethics Manual states that "a solicitation for campaign or political contributions may not be linked with an official action taken or to be taken by a House Member or employee, and a Member may not accept any contribution that is linked with an action that the Member has taken or is being asked to take."
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