Throop’s struggles filling jobs pays off for councilwoman’s family

By   /  April 21, 2015  /  Ethics, Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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When Throop ran into obstacles filling two borough jobs, Councilwoman Charlene Tomasovitch twice had a relative who was available and qualified, she said.

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Council nepotism leads to small town government, one big family

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  Ethics, Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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A PA Independent investigation found that family members of at least five of the seven Throop council persons have worked for the borough within the past five years.

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Harvard Law mum on invite to controversial lawyer

By   /  April 16, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Ethics, Judiciary, National, News  /  No Comments

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Controversial lawyer Steven Donziger will appear as a panelist Friday at Harvard Law School.

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Christie keeps $95K expense account secret

By   /  April 16, 2015  /  Ethics, New Jersey, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his failure to report any of his $95,000 annual entertainment allowance on tax returns, arguing the money isn’t income because he has accounted for it. Just don’t ask him to make those records available to the public.

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Dane County Ethics Board hears testimony on complaint involving sheriff

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Ethics, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney was a no-show Monday at a meeting of the Dane County Ethics Board, which took testimony about allegations that the sheriff violated the county’s ethics codes.

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Christie fails to report income, avoids $152,000 in taxes

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Ethics, New Jersey, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Gov. Chris Christie failed to report as income or pay taxes on $380,000 in expense allowances he received from the state, according to a New Jersey Watchdog examination of Treasury data and the governor’s tax returns. By not declaring the allowances on their joint returns, Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, avoided roughly $152,000 in federal income taxes over four years.

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