Can anyone volunteer for a local political campaign without it being considered a contribution? Isn't it
everyone's right to do so? Isn't this just about the most important
thing a citizen can do, short of running for office herself?
One Indian tribe wants to build a casino, another tribe already has
one in the area and doesn't want competition. You're a council
member in the city that can effectively block the casino from being built. Both tribes want your support, and are willing to back up
that support with campaign contributions. What do you do?
According to an
article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, yesterday former
New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was convicted on 20 of the 21 corruption
charges against him, primarily for bribery, honest services fraud,
and tax fraud.
This hard-fought battle was actually about one thing only, whether
gifts given to the mayor were intended to influence him. From a...
Here is a concrete example of the problem of allowing local
government attorneys to provide ethics advice that protects local officials, a problem that
Florida state senator Jeff Clemens and the Florida League of Cities
want to harden into state law in SB 606 (see my
recent blog post for a discussion of the problem).