The Boss of the Ethics Director's Bosses
According to an
article this week in the Free Times, an FOI lawsuit was filed
against South Carolina's ethics commission, because its director had
said that a letter informing the governor of an ethics violation had
not been sent and had been destroyed, when in fact it was sent and
According to an
article in the Capital Gazette, a former Anne Arundel County
(MD) county executive, who was convicted early this year of a
misdemeanor for misconduct in office, wants to run for office again,
despite the judge ordering, as part of the criminal penalty, that he
not be permitted to run...
recent Miami Herald article describes a case that embodies a number of important government ethics issues, including the conflict issues
that involve local schools of higher education, gifts to officials' relatives and the officials' knowledge of them, an ethics program's jurisdiction over these relatives, and whether government attorneys should provide...
New York State's Moreland Commission to Investigate Public
Corruption filed a
preliminary report on Monday. Most of the report involves
state campaign finance and election laws, but many of these laws
affect local government practices, as well. Those involving government ethics criminalize it, and an important recommendation is both too much and too little.
editorial in yesterday's New Orleans Times-Picayune points out
a problem that is common to many ethics programs that have
jurisdiction over both conflicts of interest and campaign
finance: campaign finance sucks up the program's resources,
leaving too few resources for other things, including the
collection of the fines they impose.
Now that Tallahassee's mayor has opposed all of the recommendations
from a special ethics advisory panel (attached; see below),
according to an
article last week in the Tallahassee Democrat, it's about time
to look at those recommendations and what, it appears, is going to
happen to them.