Ethics Panel Says Congresswoman Shelley Berkley Violated Rules

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2011, file photo, Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. speaks during a jobs rally in North Las Vegas, Nev. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't on ballot this year, but he's very much in the game. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Ethics Committee has concluded that congresswoman Shelley Berkley of Nevada violated House rules and laws by using her official position to benefit her husband's medical practice.

However, the committee found there was no evidence the Nevada Democrat acted with the intent of enriching herself. The panel voted to close the case by adopting the findings, saying no further action is necessary because Berkley cooperated with the investigation.

The case centered on allegations that Berkley tried to help her husband, a nephrologist, by making official appeals to keep open a Las Vegas kidney clinic where he had business.

Berkley is retiring from the House after seven terms. She ran for the Senate this year and narrowly lost to Republican incumbent Dean Heller.