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New Ethics Complaint Filed Against Ensign

A new ethics complaint was filed yesterday against Nevada Sen. John Ensign, whom the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named as one of several lawmakers who lived in a Capitol Hill house paying below-market rent.

"At a time when so many Americans are losing their housing it is surprising to discover that some members of Congress are lucky enough to have a landlord that charges below market rent for fairly luxurious accommodations - and offers housekeeping and meal service to boot," said CREW executive director Melanie Sloan.

The Senate and House ethics committees could take up the complaint and investigate the unique living situation that Ensign and members of both parties from both chambers of Congress have had. Ensign is already under federal investigation for his actions following a much-publicized extra-marital affair, which the New York Times takes a closer look at today.

The Ensign complaint is just one piece of a string of Nevada senatorial-related news today. Tea Party of Nevada candidate Scott Ashjian, who's running for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's seat, paid $5,575 to cover a bounced check and court fees, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

"If he had been convicted, the 46-year-old Ashjian would have faced up to 14 years in state prison and would have been banned from running for elected office," the paper reports.

Meanwhile, other Senate candidates leaked parts of their fundraising reports that are due in two weeks. Reid will report raising more than $1.5 million in the first three months of 2010, the Review-Journal reports.. GOP opponents Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian will each report raising about one-third of that. Cash-on-hand totals were not released.