Latest Political ethics News

Lawyer who quit Legislature rebuked for campaign misconduct

Jan. 27, 2022 13:10 PM EST

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona judge who presides over attorney discipline matters has signed a formal reprimand of a lawyer and former state legislator for unprofessional conduct during his unsuccessful 2020 campaign for Yavapai County attorney. Presiding Disciplinary Judge...

WVa Rep. Mooney's TV ad using House footage draws complaint

Jan. 25, 2022 16:26 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Republican primary campaign involving two incumbents for a newly consolidated congressional district in West Virginia has heated up after one U.S. House member attacked the opponent in a TV ad, drawing complaints of an apparent ethics violation. The...

Ethics office says Reps. Newman, Lamborn may have broken law

Jan. 24, 2022 23:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional ethics watchdog has concluded that U.S. Reps. Marie Newman of Illinois and Doug Lamborn of Colorado may have violated federal law, prompting reviews from the House Ethics Committee. Separate investigative reports from the Office of Congressional...

Some legislators in New Mexico tire of amateur status

Jan. 24, 2022 18:17 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only unsalaried legislature is considering whether to abandon its amateur status that has endured for 110 years since New Mexico became a state. A Senate panel, including top ranked Democrats, endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment to...

Ethics panel says it will pursue ex-insurance commissioner

Jan. 24, 2022 17:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia ethics officials say they will pursue allegations of wrongdoing against former state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, overriding an administrative law judge's ruling that they waited too long. Oxendine is accused of illegally using campaign funds from...

Lawmaker sued under public records act for ethics documents

Jan. 21, 2022 17:14 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawmaker who was censured after publicizing the name of a 19-year-old intern who reported being raped is being sued under the state’s public records act. Attorney Erika Birch filed the lawsuit earlier this month against Rep. Priscilla Giddings, a...

Italy's next moral compass? Berlusconi, 85, eyes presidency

Jan. 21, 2022 02:24 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy is poised to elect a new president, meant to serve as the nation’s moral compass and foster unity by rising above the political fray. Silvio Berlusconi thinks he fits the bill. The billionaire media mogul and three times premier, who entered...

Tennessee ethics panel advances ouster of convicted senator

Jan. 20, 2022 15:36 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Senate's ethics committee on Thursday recommended removing a Democratic senator from office because of her recent wire fraud conviction, pressing ahead over her objections that she had short notice of the hearing and is still awaiting...

Text of Democratic response to SC State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 20:12 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Spencer Wetmore's Democratic response to Gov. Henry McMaster’s State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Good evening! My name is Spencer Wetmore. I’m a freshman member of the South Carolina House of...

Text of SC Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 19:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, my fellow South Carolinians: We are here tonight to address...