The Office of Congressional Ethics has dismissed allegations against U.S. Rep. Mel Watt.
Watt, a Charlotte Democrat, was one of eight members of Congress who were under the microscope because of allegations involving contributions from financial interests received just before the vote on financial regulation reform.
The ethics board voted 5-0 to dismiss the allegations against Watt.
"There is not substantial reason to believe that Representative Watt solicited or accepted contributions in a manner which gave the appearance that special treatment or access was provided to donors or that contributions were linked to an official act," the board wrote.
Watt, a Charlotte Democrat, said Wednesday that he will have to work to restore his reputation.
“After practicing law for 22 years and serving in Congress for 18 years, it has been very humbling and emotionally draining to have been for the first time in my life the focus of a Review or investigation that implied or called into question my personal or professional honesty and integrity," Watt said in a statement. "The attached documents from the Office of Congressional Ethics confirm, as I said from the beginning of the Review, that I did nothing improper or unethical. While the decision of the Office of Congressional Ethics cannot restore my reputation, I am thankful that the review has been completed and that it concluded that I did nothing improper or unethical. I am thankful that, with this disposition by the Office of Congressional Ethics, I can again turn my full attention to serving the residents of the 12th District of North Carolina.”