AP: "In an election-year letter to House ethics panel chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., state party chair Jerry Meek demanded scrutiny of Taylor's ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has admitted giving gifts to lawmakers in return for legislative favors.
Meek cited a story by The Associated Press which found Abramoff's firm had put together a lucrative fundraiser for Taylor, R-N.C., a month before the 16-year congressman signed on to one of Abramoff's top issues.
After almost two years without investigations, the House ethics committee announced Wednesday it would conduct two bribery investigations and one inquiry, which could tie additional lawmakers to Abramoff. The Justice Department is conducting its own investigations of the same lawmakers.
"Now that the House Ethics Committee is up and running again, Charles Taylor should be at the top of their list," Meek said in a statement.
Representatives from the Brevard Republican's office did not return phone calls seeking comment Friday.
Meek wrote a similar memo to the dormant ethics panel a year ago, asking that lawmakers investigate Taylor's business practices at Blue Ridge Savings Bank. Taylor is chairman of the North Carolina-based bank. The bank's former president testified at his trial that Taylor knew about fraudulent loans the bank made to a Taylor political backer. Taylor was not accused of any wrongdoing."