Darrell Issa

Republican U.S. Representative from California

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  • House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa cut off Ranking Member Elijah Cummings microphone during while Representative Cummings was trying to make a statement at the end of a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's improper targeting of groups applying for tax-exempt status. Representative Cummings tried to ask a question before the hearing was adjourned, but Chairman Issa refused to let him make his full statement, cut off Representative Cummings microphone, and walked out of the room.
  • House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa cut off Ranking Member Elijah Cummings microphone during while Representative Cummings was trying to make a statement at the end of a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's improper targeting of groups applying for tax-exempt status. Representative Cummings tried to ask a question before the hearing was adjourned, but Chairman Issa refused to let him make his full statement, cut off Representative Cummings microphone, and walked out of the room.
  • In August 2011, the New York Times revealed that Issa had been purchasing office space, businesses, and real estate in the district that he represents. Issa has also been using his position in Congress to secure millions of dollars in earmarks that improve roads and public works that promise to improve traffic and provide other improvements in the area that his commercial property is located in. One such earmark secured as much as $800,000 in earmarks for such an area. Traffic in the area has greatly eased and property valued has soared. A conflict of interest arises as it would appear that Issa has been using his public office for personal financial gain.
  • Darrell Issa has dismissed his chief spokesman, Kurt Bardella, after concluding that Mr. Bardella had secretly and regularly shared his e-mail conversations with a New York Times reporter who is writing a book about Washington’s political culture. While Issa admits there was no evidence that internal committee documents or Congressional documents were inappropriately shared or that any official rule violations occurred, he says Bardella acted improperly. Five months later, Issa rehires Bardella as a committee staffer.
  • As chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with close connections to industries that could benefit from his investigations. Several have ties to billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, A Republican staff counsel for the oversight committee is the son of a lobbyist pushing for regulatory changes on behalf of big corporations. At least four other staffers once lobbied Congress for companies and industry associations. Another counsel worked for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which Issa recently asked for input on government regulations. This could create the appearance of a conflict of interest.
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