Latest Political ethics News

South Dakota lawmakers summon key figures for Noem inquiry

Oct. 18, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have summoned two people who were present at a meeting Gov. Kristi Noem held last year that included her daughter, Kassidy Peters, and state employees who were overseeing Peters' application for a real estate appraiser license. ...

Jill Biden travels to Virginia, New Jersey to help Democrats

Oct. 15, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden campaigned Friday for Democrats in governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey, saying "this election will set a course for a year from now” during her first political trip of her husband's presidency. Biden spoke at an early...

Watchdog: Psaki violated ethics law by promoting McAuliffe

Oct. 15, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog group said Friday that it had filed an ethics complaint against White House press secretary Jen Psaki for a comment she made about former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who is running for election to his old post. ...

GOP lawmakers lead lawsuits against Connecticut COVID rules

Oct. 14, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, a pair of politically conservative lawyers has become the go-to team for groups seeking to sue Connecticut over the school mask mandate, restrictions on bars and restaurants, and other aspects of the governor's emergency executive...

EXPLAINER: New ethics board thrust into Kristi Noem inquiry

Oct. 09, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The four retired judges who make up South Dakota's Government Accountability Board usually meet just a handful of times a year, almost entirely unnoticed by the public, and have never advanced a complaint to a public hearing. They're now...

Annual review of campaign finances resumes in New Mexico

Oct. 08, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — After a four-year hiatus, state election regulators have resumed spot-checks on campaign finance disclosures by politicians, election candidates and political committees, with 10 accounts referred to New Mexico’s fledgling State Ethics Commission and state...

Trump hotel lost $70M despite millions in foreign business

Oct. 08, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's company lost more than $70 million on his Washington, D.C., hotel during his four years in office despite taking in millions from foreign governments, according to documents released Friday by a congressional committee investigating his...

Former Cabinet secretary defends auto dealerships from Tesla

Oct. 08, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A recently retired state Cabinet secretary who oversaw New Mexico's first major foray into electric vehicles for government fleets has gone to work at a lobbying group for automotive dealerships as they safeguard state-authorized control over direct sales of new...

Free lunches earn business access to New Mexico lawmakers

Oct. 07, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Companies clamoring for contracts on internet services and student testing are buying legislators free lunches at meetings about education policy. It’s a legal and a frequent practice that some people find unappetizing. On Tuesday, Democratic and...

A look at world leaders named in the Pandora Papers

Oct. 05, 2021 07:46 AM EDT

A global investigation has revealed how the rich and powerful have being hiding their investments in mansions, exclusive beachfront property, yachts and other assets for the past quarter-century. Collectively these assets are worth trillions of dollars. The investigation,...