From the NY Post:
House ethics investigators yesterday recommended a full-blown probe of whether influential Queens Rep. Joe Crowley improperly solicited donations from corporate executives just before voting on legislation overhauling Wall Street.
The independent Office of Congressional Ethics urged the House ethics panel to investigate the actions of Crowley, along with GOP Reps. Tom Price of Georgia and John Campbell of California.
At the same time, five other lawmakers were cleared of wrongdoing.
Crowley, who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, also is chairman of the Queens Democratic Party, and a close adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The scrutiny centers on a series of fund-raisers -- including one Crowley attended last Dec. 10, at which he collected thousands of dollars from financial power brokers before returning to the Capitol to vote against a series of amendments that would have imposed tougher restrictions on Wall Street.
Crowley was reported to have received at least $23,500 before the vote.
Crowley denied wrongdoing.
"Congressman Crowley has always complied with the letter and spirit of all rules regarding fundraising and standards of conduct," a spokeswoman said.
Crowley has been a staunch defender of Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel, who is charged with 13 ethics violations. Crowley co-hosted Rangel's 80th-birthday fund-raiser at The Plaza hotel last month.