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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Oregon governor’s controversy puts green groups on the spot

By   /  February 10, 2015  /  Accountability, Energy and Environment, Ethics, News, Oregon, Politics, State Government  /  No Comments

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A growing controversy involving the governor of Oregon and his fiancée has also put the spotlight on green groups that hired Cylvia Hayes for renewable energy work.

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Former state treasurer’s guilty plea puts his public pension at risk

By   /  February 6, 2015  /  Ethics, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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First, Rob McCord lost his bid to be Pennsylvania’s newest governor when he finished third in the Democratic primary and watched as nominee Tom Wolf unseated Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett.

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