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Jan 25, 2008 - 02:00 PM

Will gov finally have to pay his own way?

by Carmen Balber
 
The state ethics board is considering rules that would ban private organizations from funding the governor's overseas travel, including private airplanes and luxury hotels that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a trip. The governor sends his travel bills to a purported nonprofit (that shares its office and officers with the Chamber of Commerce) and claims the accommodations and travel are gifts to his office, not him, though he and his top staffers enjoy all the perks. The Political Reform Act never intended to allow a privately-financed group pay to maintain the governor in luxury, so kudos to the Fair Political Practices Commission: new rules are needed to make the law stick.




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