Latest Political ethics News

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...

Colorado ex-Gov. Hickenlooper's travel ethics probe released

Nov. 7, 2019 8:42 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A report from the Colorado Ethics commission released Thursday came to no conclusion about whether former governor and current U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper's use of private planes during his time in office violated state laws but detailed trips to Connecticut, Wyoming and elsewhere...

Former Missouri lawmaker fined $14,000

Nov. 7, 2019 2:21 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Ferguson activist who became a state representative, only to resign in August, will pay the state $14,169 after an investigation found he spent thousands of dollars from his campaign fund on personal expenses and failed to file accurate reports. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports...

Warren health plan departs from US 'social insurance' idea

Nov. 7, 2019 1:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to pay for "Medicare for All" without raising taxes on the middle class departs from how the U.S. has traditionally financed bedrock social insurance programs. That might impact its political viability now and in the future. While echoing her party's...