"At the end of the day, anybody could fall into a trap like I
— Former New York state senator Thomas W. Libous, after being
sentenced to a $50,000 fine and probation for lying about the fact
that he helped get his son a job with a local law firm and then
arranged for a $50,000 payment to the law firm by a lobbying firm
that represented clients with matters before him. It is rare for
indirect pay to play to be prosecuted. It happened only because the
senator lied about...
The big news in local government ethics yesterday was the
publication of the final report of Quebec's Charbonneau Commission,
which investigated bid rigging in the Montreal area, involving not
only government officials and contractors, but also the Mafia and
Hells Angels (see my
2012 blog post on the investigation).
I will not permit any individual who was a paid member of my
campaign or my mayoral staff to lobby me or my office on behalf of a
private entity. This prohibition will extend through my full
“If you hold a tiger by the tail, you have a difficult choice to
make: Do you let go or not? It’s not a good thing to alienate any
—Richard Runes, lobbyist for Glenwood Management, a large New York
state real estate developer that allegedly gave tax work to a law
firm that then made undisclosed payments to the state's Assembly
Speaker, who had allegedly recommended the law firm. The quote
refers to continuing the use of this law firm, knowing that if it...
“I think people should know right from wrong, and if folks are going
to do something they’re not supposed to, they’re going to do it. If people are calling up commissioners at night on their personal cellphones, I have no idea about it. … If I knew something
was going on, I would go directly to (County Attorney) David
—Travis County, TX (Austin) Purchasing Agent Cyd Grimes.
Travis County has no lobbying law.
Several of the women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct
toward them have filed defamation suits, based on his conduct and,
especially, on the conduct of his attorneys, who not only stated
Cosby's denial of sexual misconduct, but also went on the attack
against the accusing women.
This situation reminds me of what sometimes happens when government
officials are accused of ethical misconduct. They and their
attorneys do not stop at denials. They insist that they are the...