Martin Shkreli Subpoenaed to Testify Next Week

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will welcome Shkreli next week (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Former pharmaceuticals executive and hedge fund honcho Martin Shkreli has been ordered to testify on Capitol Hill next week.  

The 32-year-old notoriously flamboyant tweeter shared a subpoena requesting his testimony on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

'Working Girls for Vitter' Is a Thing, Apparently

(Photo courtesy HOH tipster)

David Vitter may be trailing in the polls , but he appears to have at least one constituency locked down, at least according to Dirty Coast Press.  

The casual clothier from the Pelican State released a new item last week that will surely annoy the Republican senator on a quest for the Louisiana governorship.

Reid: Don't Name Stuff After Hastert

Hastert in 2003. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says it may be time to change the name of the "Hastert rule." Republicans' informal policy to move legislation only if it's supported by a majority of the majority is named after former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., who pleaded guilty Wednesday in Chicago to evading bank reporting requirements as part of a hush money scheme.  

"I think they should come up with a new name," the Nevada Democrat told reporters Wednesday. "I don't think 'Hastert rule' is a good name."

Davis: Publishing Member's Travel Plans Encourages 'Bullying'

Lofgren said the sergeant-at-arms was overreacting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

California Democrat Zoe Lofgren did some Googling Tuesday night to figure out if making members disclose where they are traveling with taxpayer money would expose them to danger.  

"We're fooling ourselves," she told her colleagues the next morning, as the House Administration Committee marked up new spending rules. The panel rejected an amendment from Lofgren aimed at greater transparency for mileage reimbursements. "Just to see if it was doable, I went on the Internet and in about 10 minutes I could find the home address for members of this committee," Lofgren told her colleagues, who voted 6-3 to reject the proposal.  

Schock's 'Flamboyant' Spending Under Review

Davis, right, and Schock attend Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Aug. 14, 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

From the drippy crystal chandelier to the gold wall sconce, lawmakers want to clarify Congress never allowed its members to pay for the lavish decor inside Illinois Republican Aaron Schock's office.  

"Current regulations prohibit use of official resources to furnish a Washington, D.C., office," House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., emphasized from the dais Wednesday during an 45-minute markup of a resolution on new spending rules.  Though Miller and her colleagues never mentioned Schock or "Downton Abbey" — the inspiration for the office makeover exposed by Washington Post reporter Ben Terris  — the allegations against him were obviously a sore spot.  

LaHood, Schock Sued Over Hog Contest Allegations

An Illinois angus beef farmer and cattle judge alleges LaHood, above, and Schock smeared him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A central Illinois farm operator is suing embattled ex-Rep. Aaron Schock and his successor, Rep. Darin LaHood, alleging the Republicans smeared his reputation with pigsty politics. In an Oct. 5 complaint against Schock, LaHood and the Peoria County Republican Central Committee, Richard Burns seeks $50,000 in damages. Burns claims a two-page letter endorsing his opponent in a Peoria County Board race last year cost him the election and soiled his standing as a cattle judge.  

"Dick Burns has been banned by the Illinois State Fair from showing hogs because he has been caught seriously cheating to win contests with large prizes," Schock and LaHood wrote to Peoria County voters in a letter that was mailed a few days before ballots were cast.  

The NRCC Benghazi Fundraising Web Page That Wasn't

The NRCC wanted donors to be "Benghazi watchdogs" over Clinton. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Don't remember the National Republican Congressional Committee's brief foray last year into raising money off the House Select Committee on Benghazi?  

Neither did the NRCC apparently — until Thursday. Last year, around the time the House convened the panel to investigate the deadly 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the House Republicans campaign committee quickly discovered it wasn't playing well in the field to tell potential donors they, too, could be "Benghazi Watchdogs" and "go after Obama & Hillary Clinton" with a generous donation. The NRCC ultimately pulled the splashy Web page.  

Aspiring Filmmaker Screws Around With Congress

It took some doing. But Brett Lewis is just about finished with his ode to everything that’s wrong with #ThisTown, the ribald “C Street.”  

“Some things happened along the way, but I persevered,” Lewis, who lost his mother to cancer last spring, said of the unexpected twist and turns he’s had to navigate to translate the vision in his head on to the big screen.  

Darin LaHood Inherits Plain Old House Office Space

As expected, the last traces of disgraced Rep. Aaron Schock’s ill-fated interior design scheme have been completely wiped away.  

“RIP blood red walls, pheasant feathers, and black candle sconces,” a tipster who snapped a pic Friday of the business-as-usual decor awaiting newly elected Rep. Darin LaHood shared with HOH.  

#tbt Disgraced Member Finds Love After Prison


Back in our July 30, 1998, edition, HOH explored the tale of Rep. Carroll Hubbard, D-Ky., who found love after leaving the hoosegow. "Where Are They Now? Ex-Rep. Carroll Hubbard (D-Ky), enjoying his freedom after nearly three years in prison for a variety of financial improprieties, has tied the knot with a new bride.  

Hubbard married Vivian Taylor , a former campaign supporter, last month. "I'm thrilled to be in western Kentucky, happily married to a beautiful young blonde," Hubbard crowed to HOH.