Cabinet confirmations on hold as VA House reviews ‘alarming’ federal investigation into McAuliffe appointee
By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Confirmation of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s cabinet is on hold while Virginia officials study a report that the governor’s choice for Commerce and Trade secretary violated anti-lobbying policies while working as an Obama appointee.
Matthew Moran, communications director for Speaker of the House Bill Howell, said Virginia delegates are taking [...]
By Jon Street / February 12, 2014 / Accountability, Energy, Ethics, Issues, Legislature, Lobbying, News, Non-Profits, Other News, Politics, State Government, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Top State News, Transparency, Vermont / No Comments
Rep. Mike McCarthy says a recent vote is not a conflict of interest, although one report suggests McCarthy’s employer lobbied for the proposed legislation several months ago.Read More →
MN businesses can buy place on leadership council, but does it mean favored status at taxpayers’ expense?
By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau
ST. PAUL, Minn. — For $11, 500, Minnesota businesses can buy a premium membership with the Business Leadership Council, part of the Business Alliance Program.
The membership “provides unparalleled visibility and access to city officials and staff,” according to a November 2013 League of Minnesota Cities email to businesses statewide.
But does that money buy favored [...]
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
MADISON, Wis. — Two weeks ago, the liberal Center for Media and Democracy kicked off a national campaign to reveal the identities of anonymous contributors to conservative groups in an effort to unseat the GOP governor here.
Now the group may have to answer embarrassing questions about its own anonymous donors.
A Watchdog.org review of [...]
By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — What’s the big idea!
Donald Duck has been many things — a sailor — obviously — window washer, doorman, pilot, registered lobbyist in New Mexico …
What, wait …
Yep. While perusing the state’s list of registered lobbyists, New Mexico Watchdog found Donald Duck among the 771 names of people paid to, uh, [...]
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