Agency paid for Missouri Governor aide's travel

Corruption news for Missouri, from St. Louis Public Radio:

One of the newest members of Gov. Jay Nixon's staff is a former University of Missouri football player who has been accompanying Nixon on almost all of his travels.

State personnel records show Jeff Gettys officially began work in Nixon's office last month. A Nixon spokesman says Gettys performs logistical and operational duties for the governor's office.

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Former Pennsylvania Rep. Brett Feese, aide found guilty on 40 counts in "computergate" corruption

Corruption news for Pennsylvania, from the Harrisburg Patriot-News:

A verdict has been reached in Pennsylvania’s "computergate" government corruption trial: guilty on all counts.

Former State Rep. Brett Feese of Lycoming County, who was once chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee, and former Feese aide Jill Seaman of Dauphin were found guilty on all 40 criminal counts stemming from an alleged scheme within the House Republican caucus to spend millions of dollars in public money to develop high-tech campaign tools to help GOP candidates.

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Alabama ethics board gets more than 200 requests from lobbyists, officials for gift-giving exemptions

Corruption news for Alabama, from AL.com:

The Alabama Ethics Commis­sion has received nearly 200 requests to certify din­ners, trips and conferences as allowable exemptions since Alabama 10 months ago adopted a new ethics law, which caps how much a lobbyist can spend on a public official.

The events range from associations paying for pol­iticians' hotel rooms during their summer conferences to sponsors picking up meals for the General Fund budget committee.

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Federal judges uphold North Carolina ban on political donations from lobbyists

Corruption news for North Carolina, from Real Clear Politics:

A federal appeals court has upheld North Carolina's ban on registered lobbyists making campaign contributions to candidates for the Legislature and the Council of State.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Monday in favor of state officials. The General Assembly approved the 2006 law as part of ethics and lobbying rule changes that followed some corruption scandals in state government.

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Tennessee courts uphold DoT ban on contractors that bribed, destroyed documents

Corruption news for Tennessee, from The Tennesseean:

Two Nashville courts have refused to overturn the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s decisions to suspend two guardrail contractors from bidding on state contracts.

The two contractors had been implicated in corruption investigations.

The contractors — Kingston Springs-based Lu Inc. and Knoxville-based Tennessee Guardrail — argued in lawsuits that their suspensions were improper.

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Texas legislature's redistricting map rejected by D.C. court

Corruption news for Texas, from Politico:

A federal court put the brakes on a Republican-drawn congressional map Tuesday, potentially costing the GOP House seats in next year’s election.

Because the D.C. District Court on Tuesday refused to sign off on the newest map, which was drawn by a Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Perry, the plan won’t be approved in time for the November filing period, said Matt Angle, a Texas Democratic strategist who has been advocating against the plan.

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagjoevich's sentencing scheduled for December 6

Corruption news for Illinois, from the Chicago Tribune:

A federal judge on Monday set sentencing for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich for Dec. 6.

The disgraced former governor was convicted last summer on sweeping corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated in 2008 by Barack Obama's election as president.

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