[JURIST] The House Ethics Committee (officially, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct) approved an investigative report Thursday and publicly admonished Majority Leader Tom DeLay for inappropriately attempting to convince Rep Nick Smith, R-Mich to change his vote from "no" to "yes" on a Medicare drug bill last year.
Smith claimed in 2003 that unnamed legislators and business interests had promised contributions to his son's congressional campaign if he voted for the bill. Smith, however, voted against the bill in November 2003; his son later lost a primary contest. Read the Ethics Committee's investigative report here [PDF]. AP has more.