Open data pioneer: ‘I didn’t ask Congress, I just did it’

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil

Waldo Jaquith didn’t set out to be a pioneer of government accountability. But after years of experimenting with government data for fun, the director of the U.S. Open Data Institute and creator of Ethics.gov finds himself at the forefront of a transparency revolution.

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Bridgegate and Doublegate are double trouble for Christie

By   /  June 9, 2014  /  Ethics, Fraud, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, Pensions, Power Abuse, State Government, State Politics  /  No Comments

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno face double trouble with Bridgegate and Doublegate.

By Mark Lagerkvist
Long before Bridgegate, Gov. Chris Christie and his administration have quietly tried to escape Doublegate — an alleged $245,000 pension fraud involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.
New Jersey Watchdog revealed last week that an investigation by the attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice was virtually non-existent, producing only a secret five-page report following a 13-month probe.
Today, [...]

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Tom Udall named in ethics complaint over IRS letter

By   /  June 4, 2014  /  Congress, Ethics, IRS, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall was one of nine Senate Democrats listed in a complaint filed Tuesday with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, arguing the senators improperly contacted the Internal Revenue Service to investigate nonprofit political groups.

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NJ judge schedules release of Guadagno ‘Doublegate’ files

By   /  May 14, 2014  /  Ethics, Fraud, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Open Records, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

Gov. Christie's Administration may be running out of ways to protect Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno from a pension scandal

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
The public is one step closer to learning some of the secrets of “Doublegate” — a hush-hush criminal investigation involving New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and an alleged pension fraud scheme.
Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson last week ordered the state Division of Criminal Justice to release [...]

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NM judges to decide on pay raises … for themselves

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Ethics, Judiciary, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

CONFLICT OF INTEREST?: The five justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court have a case before them that would grant all judges in the state an 8 percent raise.

The five justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court may find themselves in a position most American workers can only dream of: giving themselves a raise.

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Judge gives NJ one last chance to keep ‘Doublegate’ secrets

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Ethics, Fraud, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Open Records, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

Confidential

A judge is giving the state’s Division of Criminal Justice one final chance to argue why an index of records from a hush-hush criminal investigation involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno should not be released to a New Jersey Watchdog reporter.

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