Latest Political ethics News

Mexico recalls Argentina ambassador for alleged book theft

Dec. 9, 2019 10:20 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico recalled its ambassador to Argentina after a video surfaced suggesting he may have tried to steal a book from a Buenos Aires bookstore. Ambassador Óscar Valero Recio Becerra “has been ordered to return home,” said Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo...

Financial disclosure a target of lawmakers’ ethics quest

Dec. 1, 2019 10:10 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A bribery charge against a state legislator and federal investigations into lobbying have Illinois lawmakers promising to tighten the rules of soliciting and exercising influence in the Statehouse, with a renewed focus on the ridiculed process of financial disclosure. The General...

Sudan overturns moral policing law, disbands ex-ruling party

Nov. 29, 2019 8:32 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s transitional government announced Friday it overturned a moral policing law that criminalized revealing clothing for women and drinking alcohol and moved to dissolve the country’s former ruling party, fulfilling two major demands from the country’s pro-democracy...

Abrams’ campaign pushes back against demand for emails

Nov. 27, 2019 11:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams’ 2018 campaign for Georgia governor says a state ethics commission demand for their communications is overly broad and would have implications for every future political campaign if granted. Abrams’ campaign filed their response Wednesday to a lawsuit...

Accountability report lags on campaign finance reporting

Nov. 26, 2019 5:50 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico election regulators have not completed required spot checks for campaign-finance compliance amid escalating private spending on political campaigns and a shifting enforcement landscape, the secretary of state said Tuesday. Maggie Toulouse Oliver attributed some of the delay...

Former Iowa Senate secretary named ethics board executive

Nov. 26, 2019 5:21 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state board responsible for enforcing Iowa’s ethics laws for state elected officials and employees and ensuring political campaigns follow the law has named an attorney who was once secretary of the Iowa Senate as its new executive director. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign...

Bloomberg entry into presidential race raises ethics issues

Nov. 24, 2019 4:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With Michael Bloomberg now running for president, the news service that bears his name said Sunday it will not “investigate” him or any of his Democratic rivals, and Bloomberg Opinion will no longer run unsigned editorials. Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait announced...

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...