Saturday, October 22, 2011
Yes, No penalties for “politically powerful senator” in false Ethics Commission report issue
by Larry Geller
I don’t even want to talk about it. Ian Lind did this morning, in Senator Hee escapes ethics penalties despite commission concerns (ilind.net, 10/22/2011).
I did add a comment over there (and see Dan Mollway’s comment as well, Dan is the former ED of the Ethics Commission).
What kind of logic is that? They’re commending him for filing before the complaint was made but he only did he because Ian publicly exposed him- and, they even say, that he quite obviously knew the law and that he was breaking it. It's like robbing a bank and the judge letting him off because he returned the money after he was arrested with the cash on him, pointing out that they hadn't actually charged him yet when he so graciously made the repayment.
Exactly. Now, suppose Sen. X or Representative Y files false reports and Ian or another member of the public detects it. Will the Ethics Commission take any action? Can they, without answering the obvious question, "What about Sen. Hee?"
So no fines for anyone?