Latest Political ethics News

Commission: Galvin benefited politically from signs, booklet

Nov. 22, 2019 3:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The State Ethics Commission has found Democratic Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin benefited politically from early voting signs and voter information booklets created by this office. The commission said in a letter Friday the 2018 signs and booklets prominently featured...

California official fined for pocketing campaign funds

Nov. 21, 2019 6:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former California lawmaker was fined $150,000 Thursday after an audit found he spent political contributions on a vacation in Asia, personal plane tickets and remodeling his vacation home in Hawaii. The Mercury News of San Jose reports that the Fair Political Practices...

Former Colorado governor’s attorney paid with public funds

Nov. 21, 2019 4:59 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A private attorney for former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has been paid using taxpayer money from a federal fund meant for post-9/11 economic assistance. The Denver Post reported Denver attorney Mark Grueskin was appointed “special assistant attorney general” in October...

Justice department investigating Florida GOP congressman

Nov. 14, 2019 9:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Florida Rep. Ross Spano over accusations of campaign finance violations. The panel announced Thursday that it’s deferring its own the review of allegations against Spano at the justice...

Lawmakers OK greater lobbyist disclosure over GOP complaints

Nov. 14, 2019 7:05 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved requiring more public disclosure about lobbyists Thursday in response to a federal bribery charge against a since-disgraced representative but pushed heavy ethics-reform lifting off to a newly created commission that will report recommendations next...

Ethics reviews Florida Rep. Hastings over staff relationship

Nov. 14, 2019 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it is investigating veteran Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings’ relationship with his longtime girlfriend, who works on his staff. The Ethics Committee said in a statement Thursday that it’s “aware of public allegations” that...

The Latest: House OKs easier access to lobbyist information

Nov. 14, 2019 4:30 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The House has overwhelmingly approved a measure ease access to disclosure requirements for lobbyists who try to influence the General Assembly. Debate lasted more than an hour before the 109-5 vote....

Lobbying by sitting Illinois lawmakers under scrutiny

Nov. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. The federal bribery charge last month against former Rep. Luis Arroyo laid bare the potential ethics tangle. Most states...

Correction: Bondi-Conflicts story

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, stepping down from a lobbying firm as she prepares to defend President Donald Trump in an impeachment investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bondi lobbied for a Kuwaiti company with a U.S. defense...

West Virginia panel: Teen group subject to open meeting law

Nov. 9, 2019 10:29 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Ethics Commission has determined that a panel of teenagers is subject to the state's open meetings law. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail , the commission's Open Governmental Meetings Committee determined Thursday that the Charleston Youth Council falls under...