State integrity news for New York, from the New York Times:
Cuomo administration officials argue that the governor pushed hard for ethics reform last year that, among other things, would require 501(c)(4) groups to disclose their donors.
Mr. Cuomo does not need to wait for that to happen. He can demonstrate his commitment to reform by pushing his friends at the committee to disclose all of its donors right now.
Read the rest of the story at the New York Times.
State integrity news for California, from California Watch:
In a state with nearly 38 million people, few have more influence than the top 100 donors to California campaigns – a powerful club that has donated overwhelmingly to Democrats and spent $1.25 billion to influence voters over the past dozen years.
These big spenders represent a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of individuals and groups that donated to California campaigns from 2001 through 2011. But they supplied about a third of the $3.67 billion lavished on state campaigns during that time, campaign records show.
Read the rest of the story at California Watch.
State integrity news for Pennsylvania, from Essential Public Radio:
Former Pennsylvania Senator Jane Orie has been sentenced to serve between 2 and a half to 10 years in prison. The Republican from McCandless was convicted in March of using her legislative staff to do campaign work, and for forging documents to cover up the criminal activity.
The judge will decide within the next 30 days what monetary penalty Orie must pay. That number could go as high as $2 million in legal fees and restitution to the state.
Read the rest of the story at Essential Public Radio.
State integrity news for Georgia, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
At the insistence of the grassroots, leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties have agreed to put advisory questions on the primary ballot in July, asking voters whether they support the proposed gift limit. And everybody is pretty darn sure how those votes are going to come out.
In fact, shortly after the question was put on the GOP ballot, Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the Senate’s presiding officer, all suddenly embraced a gift cap. “I think there’s going to be a lot of support — a lot of support,” Cagle predicted.
Read the rest of the story at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
State integrity news for Wisconsin, from the Wisconsin State Journal:
Nearly $1 million and counting. That's the cost to Wisconsin taxpayers for legal bills racked up defending new election maps. What's done is done.
But moving forward, Wisconsin should avoid wasting money in court on political spats over rigged maps. Instead, the Legislature should assign to a neutral body — such as the Legislative Reference Bureau, Government Accountability Board or a citizen panel — the once-every-decade task of revising state Assembly, Senate and congressional voting districts to reflect population changes after each major census.
Read the rest of the story at the Wisconsin State Journal.
State integrity news for Alabama, from the Montgomery Advertiser:
The Legislature may have capped gifts to teachers at $25, but there are no similar limits to the trips lawmakers can take abroad. At least four lawmakers took a jaunt to Turkey last year where travel and accommodations were paid in whole or in part by a group promoting bonds between Turkey and the United States.
The groups sponsoring the trip offered a similar package to lawmakers at the beginning of the month, a journey that for individuals would cost anywhere from $4,000 to $14,000, according to pricing on the web site Travelocity.
Read the rest of the story at the Montgomery Advertiser.
State integrity news for Florida, from the Tampa Bay Tribune:
The Legislature should unleash the Commission on Ethics to help change Florida's tarnished image. And while they're at it, lawmakers also should look in the mirror.
State legislators are not required to disclose their own conflicts of interest on the bills they write and pass into law until more than two weeks after they've voted. That's too late to do much good.
Read the rest of the story at the Tampa Bay Tribune.
State integrity news for Oregon, from the Oregonian:
Following a story this week about a category of political contributions that were essentially hidden in paper files at the offices of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, state Elections Director Stephen Trout said these records will soon be posted online.
"We want to be transparent and have that information out there for people to see," said Trout, adding that he had also been spurred to put the information online by Janice Thompson, executive director of Oregon Common Cause.
Read the rest of the story at the Oregonian.
State integrity news for South Dakota, from the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader:
Almost 30 candidates for Legislature have no campaign finance reports on the secretary of state’s website almost a week after the submission deadline — and days before Tuesday’s election.
Candidates are required to submit reports of the donations they receive and how they spend that money before each election. The missing information reflect both candidates failing to submit reports on time and difficulties with a new online system Secretary of State Jason Gant has implemented to track campaign spending at sdsos.gov.
Read the rest of the story at the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader.