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Rep. Don Young (R-AK) waited until after the House and Senate passed a transportation bill, but before the president signed it into law, to rewrite a passage that would have granted $10 million for an interstate in Florida.
His new wording targeted the money to a much smaller, more specific project to connect Coconut […]

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Why is FOX News (IP: 12.167.224.228) wasting time editing Wikipedia?
To smear rivals? To skew the news? Yes. Take for instance the Wikipedia change to an item regarding Al Franken and Fox News. Geeks are Sexy has a terrific review of FOXipedic updates. The changes reek of some Renfield- like […]

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Here’s an interesting question… is it unethical somehow for journalists to donate money to their favorite politicians?
Is it even more unethical to deny them the political freedom to support candidates?
Surely, you want informed voters and you want people to get involved in the process. Most of the donations are small, […]

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Foley’s Folly

Despite the fact that Mark Foley was described as a “ticking time bomb” and despite those inappropriate emails to pages, the House ethics committee concluded that no rules had been broken and no one should be punished! Wow, that was lucky.
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The Merrill for Governor campaign asked the ethics commission to investigate whether consultant Patricia Eltman shared information among entities working to get Baldacci re-elected. The ethics commissioned rules that she did not violate state campaign finance laws.
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Maine Turnpike Belt-Widening (urp!)

A restaurant tab a couple of months ago for nine Maine Turnpike Authority managers and advisers that averaged $149 per person is raising concerns over ethics and expense policies for independent state agencies. Mind you, a consultant for the turnpike agency, picked up the tab at Eve’s restaurant at the Portland Harbor Hotel. The turnpike’s […]

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The state agency that tracks compliance with campaign-finance laws is adding staff to improve its oversight of candidates’ spending reports as more candidates use tax dollars to fund their campaigns.
The crackdown follows the ethics commission’s decision in January to fine two legislative candidates and two political consultants more than $45,000 for misusing the Clean […]

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First the Senate passed ethics reforms that stop everything but ethics violations. Now, campaign financing is getting the same treatment thanks to a provision in H.R. 513 that would return campaign laws to the “pre-Watergate dark ages” according to Rep. Tom Allen by (1.) eliminating all limits on what the party can spend […]

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The Senate has approved sweeping, if completely toothless, ethics rules to prevent (wink wink) lawmakers from taking (wink wink) gifts from lobbyists.
But the law, described by many as “window dressing” doesn’t prevent lawmakers from “earmarking” - adding pet pork projects into major spending bills at the request of lobbyists. Senators also RJ’d an […]

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Democrats intend to unveil a sweeping plan this week to tighten Congress’ code of conduct, officials said Saturday night, including a ban on lobbyists’ “gifts” to lawmakers.   See ABC News
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Republicans, anticipating Wednesday’s indictment of House majority leader Tom DeLay had voted last fall to change a House rule requiring leaders to relinquish their posts if hit with criminal charges, only to reverse it in January when it became apparent that it was the thickest piece of bologna ever sliced by the administration. DeLay […]

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Bob Ney, The Ethics Guy

Mortgage lenders fed up with having to deal with all those individual state rules and regulations regarding financial services are backing legislation currently before Congress that would pre-empt state rights in favor of one set of federal regulations.
A smaller group of republican officals to butter up and schmooze would also make […]

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