Disgraced state senator may get taxpayer-funded pension instead of conviction

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Ethics, Finances, Legislature, New Mexico, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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State Sen. Phil Griego, D-Santa Fe, resigned before the Senate could censure him for using his office to profit in a shady real estate deal. If he is not convicted of a felony — and neither the DA nor the AG have moved to prosecute — he will receive an $18,000 annual legislative pension for the rest of his life.

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Wolf proposes slight funding increase for Pennsylvania Ethics Commission

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  Ethics, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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The Ethics Commission has been operating below capacity, and a budget bump proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf would be eaten up by rising benefit costs.

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PA lawmaker again tries to pull state from ‘bottom of the barrel’ in terms of citizen trust

By   /  March 11, 2015  /  Accountability, Ethics, Pennsylvania, State Government, Transparency, Video  /  No Comments

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One Pennsylvania legislator is taking a third swing at increasing transparency about lawmakers’ work, incomes and possible conflicts. “We’re at the bottom of the barrel right now,” in terms of how much citizens trust government, State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, told Watchdog.org. “We’re down there with the attorneys,” he jokingly added.

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Will push to slow campaign corruption come up toothless?

By   /  March 2, 2015  /  Ethics, Nebraska, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Will a push to slow campaign corruption in Nebraska come up short and put a largely “toothless” bill on the books?
That’s the fear of those backing the latest effort to shine more light on campaign contributions and stop scandals before they start.

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All bets are off as plan to stop campaign cash corruption goes public

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Ethics, Nebraska, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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When it comes to cracking down on campaign cash schemes Nebraska’s experts on election ethics agree on at least one thing: A move to stop the type of trickery which allowed former State Sen. Brenda Council to misuse—gamble—$63,000 in campaign contributions can’t come soon enough.

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So far, no green hangover in Oregon

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Ethics, Lobbying, National, News, Oregon, State Government  /  No Comments

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Despite an investigation into the former governor of Oregon and his fiancée and their involvement with green energy groups, key environmental legislation is still on track.

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