Posted: Jun 15, 2012 1:13 PM by AP
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly a dozen lawmakers seeking re-election are caught up in federal or congressional investigations that are perfect fodder for campaign foes and free-spending outside groups.
But unlike the headline-grabbing, sex-driven Internet scandals of the past year and a half, these probes center on more complicated financial dealings. Roughly five months to the Nov. 6 election, they pose less of a threat to political careers, especially for deep-pocketed incumbents or lawmakers in districts that are barely competitive.
These lawmakers defiantly remain in Congress, insisting they did nothing wrong as they push ahead with their campaigns. Most are favored to win on Election Day.
Bob Edgar, president and CEO of the good-government group Common Cause, says he thinks an individual has to be found guilty to have it really make an impact.