July 21, 2015 |
Is it acceptable for an elected municipal official to vote in favor of giving his wife a paid position in their township? What if the same official, also the town's deputy fire chief, votes to hire firefighters who report to him? The New Jersey agency that reviews ethics violations investigated those questions and quietly fined Mansfield Township Committeeman Sean Gable $100 last year - three years after receiving a complaint. He was among seven municipal officials across the state fined for conflict-of-interest infractions during the last year.
June 24, 2015 |
CITY COMMISSIONERS Chairman Anthony Clark has agreed to pay $4,000 in fines for ethics violations in connection with a pay raise given to his brother, who works in Clark's office. Clark, 55, who heads a three-person panel that oversees elections in the city and earns about $134,000 a year, also agreed to take ethics training to brush up on the city's Ethics Code. The concessions were part of a settlement agreement reached with the city Board of Ethics and made public yesterday.
May 1, 2015 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Board of Ethics yesterday fined Deborah Watson-Stokes, who's running for judge, $300 for sending out a fundraising flier and planning her retirement party as a fundraiser before she'd officially quit working for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Watson-Stokes worked for the D.A.'s office from September 1990 until Feb. 6, according to the ethics board. In January, she told her colleagues there that she planned to resign and run for judge in Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court - and that her retirement party would be a fundraiser, according to the ethics board.
August 29, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - After several high-profile ethics violations by top staffers, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has revised its code of conduct for employees and implemented a new code for firms doing business with the agency. For employees, the revised code goes into effect next month. It explicitly prohibits them from accepting anything of value, under any circumstances, from vendors doing business or seeking to do business with the agency. "There are no exceptions to this prohibition," the revised code states in bold and italic letters.
September 27, 2013 |
Two personnel issues - an ethics violation by the chief public defender and the sudden firing of a longtime assistant public defender - have put a Montgomery County office in an unaccustomed spotlight. Chief public defender Keir Bradford-Grey, who holds an appointed position, was disciplined last week after county officials learned she had forwarded to 35 lawyers who work for her an e-mail invitation she had received to a political fund-raiser. The county ethics code for employees prohibits them from politicking in the office.
February 27, 2013 |
John McDaniel, the former campaign manager for Blondell Reynolds Brown, who recently pleaded guilty to stealing $103,000 from her campaign and from another political action committee, reached a settlement agreement Monday with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics for violations of the city's election-finance laws. McDaniel agreed to pay $12,450 over the ethics charges, but his fine will be waived if he is sent to federal prison for his guilty plea. His sentencing is scheduled for May 14. The Ethics Board settlement says McDaniel contributed $4,600 to Reynolds Brown in 2011, $2,000 more than allowed.
February 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, it was an unforgettable week. It began with his colleagues voting this son of Cuban immigrants into one of the most influential seats in the Senate, the chairmanship of the Foreign Relations Committee. By the end, the FBI had raided the office of his close friend and donor, news crews lurked outside his Washington home, and reporters chased him down a hotel hallway, firing questions not about Iran and immigration, but about plane flights and prostitutes.
January 31, 2013 |
During the heyday of congressional earmarks in 2004, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) won a $750,000 grant for the company of Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown's husband to tell golf course managers how to have ecologically friendly greens. The grant was approved by Congress but blocked by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It became a poster child for bad earmarks. "EPA officials concluded there was nothing new or innovative being proposed by the program," the agency inspector general wrote about Howard A. Brown's Environmental & Sports Inc. "The applicant did not have sufficient expertise to perform the work.
January 29, 2013 |
City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown used $3,300 in campaign funds to repay a personal loan from Chaka Fattah Jr., son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, and covered it up as a payment to a printing firm, she admitted in a settlement agreement released Monday by the Board of Ethics. Brown admitted dozens of other omissions, misstatements and misrepresentations in her campaign finance reports and personal financial disclosure forms for 2010 and 2011, when she was seeking a fourth Council term.
September 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters won't be charged with ethics violations following allegations that she steered a $12 million federal bailout to a bank where her husband owns stock. House ethics committee members said Friday at a hearing that their investigation found no violation by Waters, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee. She could become the panel's senior Democrat next year, or the chairwoman, if Democrats win control of the House.