Christie keeps $95K expense account secret

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

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

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

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

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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Slush fund? Santa Fe can’t account for $30 million in bond money

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Accountability, Ethics, Finances, Local Government, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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“We really have no idea if there was fraud or embezzlement,” Booth said. “We don’t know how many millions of feet of pipe came in and where it went. My feeling is a lot of stuff walked away, especially now that we know there were absolutely no controls.”

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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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