Latest Political ethics News

Watchdog files 2nd complaint against Senate hopeful Greitens

Dec. 01, 2021 13:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A federal elections watchdog group on Wednesday filed another complaint against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, alleging that money from his old gubernatorial campaign was illegally spent on kickstarting his campaign to run for retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt's seat. ...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Nov. 30, 2021 07:16 AM EST

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 28, 2021. Editorial: It’s long past time for the Senate ethics panel to address Hawley’s Jan. 6 actions Ten months after a group of Senate Democrats lodged ethics complaints into the conduct of Republican Sens....

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Nov. 24, 2021 13:34 PM EST

The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch. Nov. 21, 2021. Editorial: Remember ACF; full speed ahead on its replacement The old ACF factory in Huntington’s Highlawn neighborhood may soon be gone, but it won’t be forgotten. At a news...

Missouri audit: Ex-county official skirted transparency

Nov. 23, 2021 14:58 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri county commissioner plotted ways to skirt open meeting rules and tried to get a county employee to do work for his political action committee, according to a state audit report released Tuesday. The Missouri Auditor's Office...

Kentucky ethics commission charges former secretary of state

Nov. 19, 2021 12:24 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky ethics commission on Thursday charged Alison Lundergan Grimes with improperly using her office for personal and political purposes when she served as secretary of state, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The Executive Branch Ethics...

Pro-Parson committee fined for taking out-of-state donation

Nov. 18, 2021 11:54 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An independent political action committee that supports Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was fined this week for taking a donation from an out-of-state committee, according to the state campaign finance oversight agency. At issue is a $150,000...

State senator accused of verbally abusing female lawmaker

Nov. 17, 2021 18:15 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker who lost his chairmanship and membership on the state Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year after being arrested on domestic violence charges was removed from another committee post Wednesday after being accused of verbally abusing a female...

UK Parliament votes to curb members' 2nd jobs after scandal

Nov. 17, 2021 16:42 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Parliament voted Wednesday to restrict lawmakers’ ability to hold second jobs outside politics, in an attempt to stem a slew of damaging headlines over lobbying and political “sleaze.” Opposition lawmakers, though, accused the...

State: Ex-speaker Hubbard's words show apology was insincere

Nov. 16, 2021 20:57 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Convicted former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard told people he was innocent and “held my nose” as he signed a letter apologizing for his crimes, according to state prosecutors who used Hubbard’s own phone calls and emails from prison to cast doubt on his...

UK govt vows to toughen rules for lawmakers after ethics row

Nov. 16, 2021 13:04 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday proposed a ban on lawmakers acting as “paid consultants” and promised to tighten ethics rules in response to scandals over lobbying and outside jobs that have tarnished U.K. politics. Johnson said...