NJ Watchdog fights for Guadagno pension probe records in appeals court

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Ethics, Fraud, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Featured, News, Open Records, Pensions, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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The mystery of what happened in a criminal investigation of an alleged $245,000 pension fraud implicating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno may finally be solved in a New Jersey appeals court.

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New Jersey pension czar funnels money into fund his firm invests in without disclosing ties

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Ethics, Finances, New Jersey, Pensions, State Government, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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By Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com
Gov. Chris Christie’s friend and pensions overseer Robert Grady invested New Jersey money into a fund this his own private firm also invested in, according to the International Business Times, raising concerns about a conflict of interest.
In 2010, Christie appointed friend, former executive and GOP power broker Robert Grady to be the head […]

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‘Bonusgate’ attorney disbarred, seven years after legislative scandal hit

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Ethics, Fraud, Government Waste, Legislature, News, Pennsylvania, Politics, Power Abuse, State Government, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally disbarred lawyer Jeff Foreman, seven years after “Bonusgate” exploded into the public eye. Governor Tom Corbett was then attorney general, and his office investigated nearly $4 million worth of bonuses paid to legislative staffers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and other misuse of public funds. Several legislators and staff — including Foreman — spent time behind bars in one way or another.

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Former superintendent disputes critical audit findings

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  Education, Ethics, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania auditor general’s office recently found nearly $20,000 in “questionable use of taxpayers’ funds” regarding a former school superintendent. Her lawyer disputes the report and says, “They have a culture of wanting to find mistakes and wrongdoing.”

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Ethical concerns surface within California Fish and Game Commission

By   /  September 9, 2014  /  Abuse of power, California, Energy and Environment, Ethics, Legislature, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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By Veronica Petersen | WatchdogWire.com
The California Fish and Game Commission usually is not a topic of everyday interest, but if you discuss important events while eating locally grown oysters, it’s time to start paying attention to the direction of the commission.
In December 2013, the National Shooting Sports Foundation issued a formal complaint in an attempt to open […]

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Pittsburgh’s hunt for a police chief drawing to a close

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  community, Ethics, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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Pittsburgh’s drawn-out process to find a new chief of police – since the last one is now in federal prison – is nearly complete. After community meetings, a screening committee is now reviewing applications and the selection should be made by the end of September.

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