Indiana State Ethics Commission

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1:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Settlement Approved in Ethics Case Against Former Indiana Schools Chief

Indiana's State Ethics Commission has approved a $5,000 fine against former state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources in his 2012 campaign.      

Investigators found that Bennett's state and campaign staffs coordinated his calendar at his Statehouse office and that campaign lists were downloaded to state computers after his November, 2012 election loss.

The board voted unanimously for the settlement Thursday without discussion.   Bennett didn't attend the hearing.   Bennett's lawyer said he was on vacation with his family.

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3:06 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Former Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett

Former Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett
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Indiana's top ethics official has filed a complaint against former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources for political reasons.

The complaint from Inspector General David Thomas comes two months after The Associated Press reported Bennett kept multiple campaign databases on Department of Education servers and ordered his staff to dissect a speech by his Democratic opponent for inaccuracies last fall.

Indiana law prohibits state employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or using state resources for political purposes.

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