Ethics

Ethics & Government
5:14 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Washington Lt. Gov. Agrees To $15,000 Ethics Fine

Lt. Gov. Brad Owens.
Credit Washington State Legislature / http://www.ltgov.wa.gov/

Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has agreed to a $15,000 ethics fine. The settlement announced Friday stems from the five-term Democrat’s use of state resources to operate a non-profit with his wife.

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Meals For Lawmakers
5:16 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Washington Ethics Board Tackles Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:56 pm

Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board is tackling the issue of how often lawmakers can accept meals from lobbyists. The Board spent nearly two hours behind closed doors Thursday discussing a complaint against several lawmakers who dined out regularly with lobbyists last session.

The complaint was triggered by our investigation with the Associated Press into lawmakers who accept free meals from lobbyists. That’s permitted if legislative business is discussed, but only on an infrequent basis.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
4:06 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Washington's Legislative Ethics Board To Investigate Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:56 pm

Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board has launched an investigation into lobbyist-paid meals for lawmakers.

The inquiry follows our reporting with the Associated Press on lawmakers who dine out the most with lobbyists. The investigation was triggered by a formal citizen complaint filed last month – a complaint that’s just now coming to light.

It alleges five Republican state senators violated Washington’s ethics law by eating out regularly at lobbyist expense. They were the top five on our list of frequent diners.

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Oregon Governor Salary
5:41 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Kitzhaber Seeks Permission To Moonlight

Oregon Department of Transportation

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 5:28 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber wants permission to make a little extra cash on the side. The state's Ethics Commission is poised to sign off on the Democrat's request to earn money through out-of-state speaking engagements.

During the eight years between his second and third terms as governor, John Kitzhaber became a nationally sought-after speaker on health care policy. The governor recently asked the state's ethics panel it would be okay, now that he's in office, to continue to accept such invitations.

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Nike Store Passes Okay'ed
4:55 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Oregon Ethics Panel Okays Nike Discounts For Public Officials

Entrance of the Nike Employee Store at the company's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Photo credit: Wonderlane/ Flickr Northwest News Network

Elected officials in Oregon are not violating ethics rules if they shop for discounted shoes and apparel at a store meant for Nike employees. That’s the ruling Friday from Oregon Government Ethics Commission.

Nike runs a store just for employees at its Beaverton headquarters. The shop features popular Nike products at wholesale prices. Last month a lobbyist for Nike wrote the Ethics Commission to ask whether government officials would run afoul of state ethics laws if they accepted passes to visit the store.

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