WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A House ethics committee has told three U.S. House members they remain under investigation for their fundraising activities during a vote on financial reform.
On Monday, the Office of Congressional Ethics notified Reps. John Campbell, R-Calif., Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. and Tom Price, R-Ga., that it was recommending the ethics committee further review their fundraising activities surrounding the Dec. 11, 2009, vote on the Wall Street reform bill, The Hill reported.
During the Dec. 10 debate over amendments to the legislation, Crowley left in order to attend his fundraiser at the home office of a financial industry lobbyist. He then returned and voted against amendments that would have strengthened the bill, The New York Times reported.
Crowley's office issued a statement Tuesday saying the lawmaker "has always complied with the letter and spirit of all rules regarding fundraising and standards of conduct."
Price's fundraising luncheon also took place on Dec. 10 and was specifically aimed at the financial services sector, a report by the Sunshine Foundation said.
"As a member of Congress, I have always complied with the letter and the spirit of the law," Price said in a statement. "To suggest otherwise is unfounded and untrue."
"How the OCE arrived at their recommendation is truly a mystery," he said.
Campbell said he is "perplexed by the OCE's decision."