Calif. Senator Denies Ethical Misconduct

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Ethical questions surrounding California Sen. Dianne Feinstein are not going away.

One political watchdog group wants the Senate to investigate whether she helped her husband's company land a lucrative contract.

Feinstein says she didn't know about the contract, but Bill Wilson, head of Americans for Limited Government, says her word is not enough.

His group wants the Senate Ethics Committee to review Feinstein actions.

CBN News Reporter Efrem Graham spoke with Bill Wilson of Americans for Limited Government about their concern.  Click play for his comments.

"What we are requesting is that they investigate it. That they look into it," Wilson told CBN News. "Now that falls short of a formal complaint."

The request follows a Washington Times report raising questions about Feinstein's bill to increase FDIC funding by $25 billion.

The bill came shortly after the FDIC awarded the CB Richard Ellis Group a contract to sell foreclosed homes. Feinstein's husband is the company's chairman.

Feinstein is fending off allegations that her husband's company got a sweetheart deal at taxpayer's expense. She answered the allegations in a recent interview.

"No action was ever taken on my legislation. No votes were ever taken on it," she said.

"Now this contract was competitively bid, and judged by non-political government employees," Feinstein added. "So there is no conflict of interest. There is no appearance in my view."

The senator went on to say that the Washington Times reporter who broke the story framed his piece with distortions and that a federal agency does not benefit itself from administering federal funds which are designated to help citizens stave off foreclosure.

Wilson added that his group isn't only concerned about Feinstein's actions. He feels Washington will soon reach a breaking point when it comes to ethics and something will have to be done.

*Originally aired April 23, 2009

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