Wells Fargo in another scandal, this time in auto lending

The banks are still too-big-to-jail:

Scandal-plagued Wells Fargo is back in hot water for signing customers up for products that they didn’t need or want. This time it’s auto insurance, and the bank says it may have cost about 20,000 people their cars.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo acknowledged late Thursday that it enrolled roughly 570,000 auto loan borrowers for what’s known as collateral production insurance on their vehicles when the customers already had appropriate insurance. It will pay $80 million in refunds and account adjustments to those people.

House GOP Guts Ethics Panel

An unethical government wants to get rid of all ethics rules. Makes sense to me:

House Republicans voted 119-74 Monday night in favor of a proposal that would gut Congress’ outside ethics watchdog and remove its independence.
Republican Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s proposal would place the independent Office of Congressional Ethics — an initial watchdog for House members but without power to punish members — under oversight of those very lawmakers.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top GOP leaders opposed the change to ethics rules, but rank-and-file members disregarded their views and voted to approve the new structure for ethics reviews going forward, according to a senior House GOP leadership source familiar with the closed door discussion.

Charlie Rangel Found Guilty on 11 of 13 Ethics Violations

A House ethics committee subpanel today found Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel guilty of 11 of the 13 charges of ethics violations against him. The panel, composed of four Democrats and four Republicans, emerged after private deliberation to announce their findings.

Source: Charlie Rangel Found Guilty on 11 of 13 Ethics Violations | PJ Media

State Dept. Admits to Editing Iran Press Briefing Video

The U.S. State Department admitted today to deleting video from an archived press briefing which included statements it made about controversial American diplomatic talks with Iran.

A few weeks ago, a reporter noticed that video was missing from the State Department’s website and asked the agency for an explanation. A spokesman at the time dismissed the incident as a “technical glitch,” saying that although the video was missing the transcript was never edited and complete versions of the video still existed in other government databases available to the public.

Today, spokesman John Kirby admitted the edit was made deliberately, directed by unknown persons, and executed by a staffer in the technical department. He claimed the technical staffer could not recall who had relayed the message to remove a portion of the briefing.

Kirby said today the department ultimately could not figure out who ordered the edit — first reported by Fox News — and that the investigation is now over. He also said that to his surprise there were no rules in place forbidding such actions.

Source: State Dept. Admits to Editing Iran Press Briefing Video – ABC News

Stutzman paid relative $170,000 for past campaign work

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, an Indiana Senate candidate who has railed against out-of-control government spending, paid his brother-in-law nearly $170,000 to manage the finances of his congressional campaign.The relative worked as a car salesman and actor but had no experience rounding up political donations.Stutzman, a tea party-backed Republican facing fellow U.S. Rep. Todd Young in Tuesday’s primary, gave his relative an average of $5,000 a month from the campaign account for the nearly three years he served as finance director.

Source: Stutzman paid relative $170,000 for past campaign work | Indiana | www.journalgazette.net

Guilty plea in scheme to steal more than $1M in donations

Samuel K. Pate Jr.’s job was to make sure donations were deposited into the accounts of his conservative clients — including campaign funds for now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republican Sen. David Vitter. Instead, his bookkeeping scheme diverted more than &u0024;1 million into his own accounts to pay for a lavish lifestyle of vacation homes, luxury vehicles and jewelry, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Source: Guilty plea in scheme to steal more than $1M in donations