Huffington Post: Darrell Issa Includes Anti-Abortion Caveat In D.C. Autonomy Bill

-By Laura Bassett

November 16, 2011- House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has drafted a proposal that would give Washington, D.C. greater autonomy over how it spends its money -- unless it wants to use that money to pay for low-income women's abortions.

The bill's abortion prohibition would codify the D.C. abortion-spending ban that President Obama conceded to Republicans during budget negotiations in the spring. All 50 U.S. states are legally allowed to use their own funds for abortion care.

“John, I will give you D.C. abortion, but I am not happy about it," Obama infamously told House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) at the time, referring to language in the budget bill that would prevent D.C. from using its own locally raised funds to help women pay for abortions.

Huffington Post: Darrell Issa Seeks Probe Of New York Group Tied To Defunct ACORN

-By Michael McAuliff

November 7, 2011- Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is pushing for a federal probe of a New York City community organization based on a Fox News report that accused the organization of improperly aiding the Occupy Wall Street movement and linked the group to the now defunct ACORN.

A year after Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now filed for bankruptcy, conservative fascination with the group hasn't waned. And recently, Fox has charged that New York Communities for Change -- which uses office space and some staff that the ACORN used to have, according to Fox -- solicited donations from union members to secretly support Occupy Wall Street.

Now Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has decided the anonymously sourced stories warrant an investigation from United States Attorney Loretta Lynch, who oversees the Eastern District of New York.

Huffington Post: Darrell Issa Attended Fundraiser Held By Solyndra Lobbyist

-by Luke Johnson

October 27, 2011- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) attended a fundraiser co-hosted by a lobbyist for Solyndra, the now-bankrupt solar energy company Issa is investigating as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

According to his hometown paper, Issa was featured on the invitation to a fundraiser in Washington for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign co-hosted by Alex Mistri of the Glover Park Group, a lobbyist for Solyndra. A spokesman said Issa attended the event in order to support the former Massachusetts governor, who he endorsed for president.

Huffington Post: Rep. Darrell Issa Escalates Fight With House Oversight Committee Democrats

-by Amanda Terkel

October 17, 2011- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has begun to assert veto control over how Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee can travel with their staff, escalating tensions on an already fractious panel.

The latest dispute centers around a request by Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) to take two Democratic committee staffers with him to a drug control policy forum in Chicago on Monday evening. Davis is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives, which has jurisdiction over drug control policy.

The committee chairman needs sign off on reimbursements for staff travel, but normally, such requests are routinely approved. Issa, who serves as chair, denied Davis' request.

Bloomberg: Justice Department Denies Lawmaker’s ‘Fast and Furious’ Claim

-By Seth Stern

October 17, 2011- The U.S. Justice Department denied that a third weapon tied to a program that put illegal U.S. guns in the hands of Mexican criminals was recovered at the scene where border patrol agent Brian Terry was killed last year.

“The FBI has made clear that reports of a third gun recovered from the perpetrators at the scene of Agent Terry’s murder are false,” said Tracy Schmaler, a Justice Department spokeswoman, in an e-mail statement today.

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said there was evidence of a possible third weapon during an appearance yesterday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program.

Issa, a California Republican, has led the congressional investigation into the law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious that allowed illegal U.S. gun purchases in an effort to link the weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

Mother Jones: Darrell Issa, the Not-So-Grand Inquisitor

-By Rick Ungar

September 27, 2011- When the 2010 electoral wave handed control of the House of Representatives to the Republicans, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) had finally arrived at his moment in the sun.

With the GOP now in the majority, the twice-arrested (but never convicted) six-term Congressman, whose ability to charm and exude good humor belies behavior that would suggest the heart of a shark, ascended to the chairmanship of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Armed with subpoena power and the authority to investigate, hassle, and obstruct the Obama White House for at least the remainder of the president's first term, Issa found himself firmly ensconced in the catbird seat.

Making the position all the sexier was the media attention that came with the job, including guest appearances on Real Time With Bill Maher, frequent visits to the cable news shows, and a busy Sunday morning network talk show schedule.

Issa Exposed: Issa’s requested DoE loan would have benefited major GOP donor

-by Lucas O’Connor

September 21, 2011- We found out today that Darrell Issa used to be a big fan of the Department of Energy's clean energy loan program, promoting several California companies for consideration by the DoE's program. One of the companies, Aptera Motors, has spent the last few years bouncing around Northern San Diego, seeking different funding models before announcing several months ago that it wouldn't be expanding in the region, instead looking to the Midwest and South for possible expansion options.

Think Progress: Defending Decision Not To Investigate News Corp., Issa Contradicts Own Claim That He Knows Rupert Murdoch

-By Travis Waldron

September 20, 2011- House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has refused repeated calls to investigate News Corporation over alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act tied to the British phone hacking scandal and allegations that the company hacked the phones of 9/11 victims’ families immediately after the tragedy. The investigations, Issa complains, would amount to “picking on [the] media.”

Bloomberg: Issa Sought U.S. Clean Energy Aid in the Past

-By Jim Snyder

September 21, 2011- Republican Representative Darrell Issa, who said government subsidies to specific companies can encourage corruption, sought U.S. help in the past for clean- energy projects in his home state of California.

Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote Energy Secretary Steven Chu to support an Energy Department loan for Aptera Motors Inc., a Carlsbad, California, electric-car maker, according to a letter received by the department Jan. 14, 2010.

“Awarding this opportunity to Aptera Motors will greatly assist a leading developer of electric vehicles in my district,” Issa wrote in letters obtained yesterday.

Issa’s committee has been investigating regulations proposed by the Obama administration and now is examining the system of federal support, including loan guarantees for companies such as Fremont, California-based Solyndra LLC. The solar-panel manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection on Sept. 6 after receiving $535 million in U.S. loan guarantees since 2009.