Latest Political ethics News

Poor People's Campaign to launch bus tour in South Carolina

Mar. 22, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign is launching a national bus tour of poverty-stricken areas to bring attention to what they call the "real crises" or "interlocking injustices" afflicting the country including systematic racism, poverty, voter suppression and ecological devastation. "The war...

Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help Boeing

Mar. 20, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics...

Twitter flap forces Kansas governor to drop court nominee

Mar. 19, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Posts on a Kansas judge's Twitter feed that included vulgar language and criticism of President Donald Trump prompted Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to withdraw his nomination Tuesday for the state's second-highest court and raised concerns about her vetting process. Labette County...

Is Jane Sanders the most powerful woman not running in 2020?

Mar. 17, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before Bernie Sanders took the stage to formally launch his 2020 presidential campaign this month, the candidate's most influential adviser took the mic. To cheers, Jane Sanders introduced herself to the Brooklyn crowd as "Bernie's wife," then conceded that wasn't the most politically...

Senators' concerns target U of Maryland system for $1M cut

Mar. 15, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland Senate panel wants to cut $1 million from the state university system's top office in the contentious aftermath of a football player's death and a separate case in which the system's chancellor promoted a jewelry company's charm bracelets and then retaliated against his...

Admissions scandal unfolds amid cynicism about moral values

Mar. 15, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In some ways, the college-admissions bribery scheme newly revealed by federal prosecutors seemed almost inevitable. Ethics experts say Americans these days are barraged with accounts of corruption, greed and amoral behavior to the point that many likely wonder, "Why should I play by the...

House OKs election, ethics overhaul; Senate to slam door

Mar. 8, 2019 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Democrats approved a centerpiece of their agenda Friday, a sweeping plan to reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and strengthen ethics standards. But the leader of Republican-run Senate has pledged it will not come up for a vote and the...

Ex-UConn official fined for improperly awarding fellowship

Mar. 8, 2019 11:04 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An ethics panel has fined a former University of Connecticut diversity official $20,000 after determining she awarded her husband a $54,000 fellowship he did not apply for and was not eligible to receive. The state Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board on Thursday assessed the fine on...

Oregon ethics panel rejects settlement with ex-first lady

Mar. 7, 2019 9:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State ethics commissioners have unanimously rejected a proposed settlement with ex-First Lady Cylvia Hayes. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Hayes had agreed in January to a $44,000 fine for breaking ethics laws 22 times. But the settlement needed final approval from the Oregon...

Democrats flex power by taking aim at money in politics

Mar. 6, 2019 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing their new majority, Democrats are moving to push through the House a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package they say will reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and restore ethics and integrity to Washington. The legislation, called H.R. 1 to...