As Republican Attorneys General faced 2018 re-election bids and continued their legal challenges to Obama-era environmental regulations, fossil fuel companies poured millions of dollars into the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), a political nonprofit that spends money to elect GOP AGs. That trend has continued into this year. From 2017 through mid-2019, oil, gas, and coal companies, trade associations, fossil fuel utilities, and industry executives donated over $6.7 million to RAGA, a CMD investigation has found.
Trump and his inner circle cashing in on the White House is its own growing scandal.
Given the international scope of the Trump Organization’s operations, a newly sworn-in President Trump will likely run afoul of several anti-corruption protections from Day One.
NPR, Marketplace Morning Report, November 21, 2016: There are concerns about ethics and propriety after Donald Trump met last week with three business partners from India. The three are involved with Trump Tower Mumbai, a luxury apartment complex that bears the Trump name, and they've told Indian media that they hope to do more business with the Trumps. The meeting raised questions about the fact that Trump still hasn't agreed to put a wall between himself and his global business holdings, which include operations in at least 18 countries.
Rick Berman, the king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape. Listen:
It turned out that CMD hadn't seen the last of the O'Keefe crowd.
"The taxpayers have been left holding the bag.... As a result of this I think there is going to be a lot more oversight." Those were statements made by Nevada Assemblyman James Ohrenschall in an interview on Vegas Inc. September 21.
This week, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-profit government watchdog group, released a report -- "The Worst Governors in America," and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came in sixth in the top category. The report has an amusing circus theme and dubs Walker a "Ringmaster," but it is heavily documented and footnoted to reliable sources and primary documents. The criteria CREW used when assessing the nation's governors were the following: corruption, transparency, partisan politics, pressuring public officials, cronyism, self-enrichment, scandal and mismanagement.
In theory, Wisconsin has some of the strongest ethics and lobbying laws in the country -- legislators cannot accept even a cup of coffee from lobbyists or others who have an interest in the outcome of legislation -- but these laws are meaningless if the state ethics board does not take action to enforce them.
Two teenage girls were arrested and detained this week for Tweeting threats to a rape victim. It appears that the young people of Steubenville have not learned much about the uses of social media even after the extraordinary trials and convictions of two young men for rape this week in a case that relied heavily upon the photos, videos, and Tweets taken concomitantly with the crime.