Ethics http://wfpl.org en U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky Had Decade-Long Financial Tie To a Lobbyist http://wfpl.org/post/us-rep-ed-whitfield-kentucky-had-decade-long-financial-tie-lobbyist <p>For more than a decade, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, &nbsp;owned a $200,000-piece of West Virginia property with a lobbyist whose clients and employers had business before him in Congress, writes&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">R.G. Dunlop, a reporter from </span>WFPL's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kycir.org">Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.</a></span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:45:06 +0000 Staff 9783 at http://wfpl.org U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky Had Decade-Long Financial Tie To a Lobbyist Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-case-against-former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-may-not-be-over-just-yet <p>The ethics trial against former Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold may continue.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:44:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9168 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges http://wfpl.org/post/former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-cleared-ethics-charges <p>FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:44:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9094 at http://wfpl.org Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges Louisville Council President Jim King Refutes Ethics Claim, Suggests Prosecution of Complainant http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-council-president-jim-king-refutes-ethics-claim-suggests-prosecution-complainant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Metro Council President Jim King says a series of ethics complaints alleging he personally profited from his public office should be dismissed.</span></p><p>King’s attorney, in a 24-page formal response obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, says the complaints are untimely and without merit.</p><p>The attorney, Jon Fleischaker, claims the complaints lodged by political activist Janice Rucker could be considered harassment and that the matter should be referred to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:19:13 +0000 Kristina Goetz 8685 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Council President Jim King Refutes Ethics Claim, Suggests Prosecution of Complainant Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Trial Focuses On Record Keeping, Transactions http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilwoman-barbara-shanklins-ethics-trial-focuses-record-keeping-transactions <p>Louisville Metro’s internal auditor says there were two questions he considered when reviewing the relationship between Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin and the ex-offender program she helped oversee: did her relatives benefit and was there double billing?</p><p>Ingram Quick was the second witness to testify for Shanklin’s removal trial since it began&nbsp;Monday. The Council Court--made up of 20 council members who act as jury--will decide whether she can stay on the Metro Council.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 6234 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Trial Focuses On Record Keeping, Transactions Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Sues Mayor Greg Fischer Over Upholstery Program Records http://wfpl.org/post/updated-councilwoman-barbara-shanklin-sues-mayor-greg-fischer-over-upholstery-program-records <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara </span>Shanklin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has filed suit against Mayor Greg Fischer's office.</span></p><p>Shanklin, D-2, is seeking public records regarding an <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/jobs-program-gives-shanklin-more-ethics-troubles-questions">upholstery program for ex-offenders</a> that her office funded, which is part of a recent <a href="/barbara-shanklin-answers-some-questions-ethics-hearing-again-walks-out">ethics investigation against her.</a></p><p>In September 2012, Shanklin requested records related to Fischer's "involvement in the investigation," and what authority the mayor's office had to close the program.</p><p>The councilwoman alleges the mayor is violating the state's open records law and depriving her of evidence needed for her defense in the ethics case.</p><p>"Basically we asked for what authority or rule or policy the mayor relied on to terminate the upholstery program," says attorney Aubrey Williams, who is representing Shanklin.</p><p>Williams is requesting the ethics commission delay its ruling until this matter is settled.</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:29:56 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3803 at http://wfpl.org Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Sues Mayor Greg Fischer Over Upholstery Program Records Former Kentucky Justice Official Faces Ethics Charges http://wfpl.org/post/former-kentucky-justice-official-faces-ethics-charges <p>FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has charged a former government official with violating the state's ethics code by allegedly using his position to solicit campaign contributions for Gov. Steve Beshear's re-election campaign last year.</p><p>The Ethics Commission took the action against former Deputy Justice Secretary Charles Geveden in a meeting Monday. The charges stem from accusations that Geveden solicited subordinates to contribute to the Beshear campaign.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:32:16 +0000 The Associated Press' Roger Alford 2781 at http://wfpl.org Former Kentucky Justice Official Faces Ethics Charges Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Hearing Off To Slow Start http://wfpl.org/post/councilwoman-barbara-shanklins-ethics-hearing-slow-start <p></p><p>The ethics hearing for Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, is underway and prosecutors have laid out the road map for the next few days.</p><p>A few stumbles in the first few hours of the hearing--including delays by both prosecuting and defending representatives--could push the hearing into Friday.&nbsp;</p><p>Shanklin has been accused of allocating discretionary spending (Neighborhood Development Funds) council members receive to programs that benefited her relatives.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:49:07 +0000 Devin Katayama 2363 at http://wfpl.org Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Hearing Off To Slow Start