Thursday, June 16, 2011

A provision in an ethics bill on Governor Perry's desk effectively kicks out the Texas Ethics Commission's teeth. It lets the worst offenders off the hook provided that they say they made a mistake and correct it after the fact. This legislation to neuter the ethics cops is so bad that even its author has urged the governor to veto it.

Lobby Watch looks at the recipients of the biggest complaint-driven fines ever meted out by the Ethics Commission to see what kind of violations Perry would encourage by not exercising his veto pen.