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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor Mitch Daniels faces ethics complaint"

Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star writes today on the ethics complaint Rep. Charlie Brown filed yesterday against Gov. Daniels. (This ILB post yesterday linked to the complaint/letter.)

One of the items cited:

Brown argued to [Inspector General] Thomas — a Daniels appointee — that, despite an informal opinion Thomas issued, Daniels should not lobby the legislative or executive branches for one year after leaving office, in compliance with an executive order Daniels issued in 2005.
Here is a longer story from Eric Weddle in the Lafayette Journal-Courier. The story links to a PDF of the Sept. 12th letter, item 3 of which reads:
3) Finally, despite a publicly circulated informal opinion from your office, any attempt by Governor Daniels’ to lobby the legislature would be a clear violation of Executive Order 05-12, section 8(a) which specifically prohibits any state officer from engaging in lobbying the executive or legislative branches of Indiana for one year after leaving government employment (attached exhibit 2).
ILB: The ILB made a similar point in a detailed August 19th entry, which concluded:
Okay, as pointed out in the earlier ILB entry, the original ethics rule the Governor put in effect by Executive Order his first week in office, Executive Order 05-12 (see this June 25th ILB entry), covers "lobbying the executive or legislative branches of state government." This was the Governor's intent at the time of taking office, and it covered both himself and all his appointees and employees. It remains in effect, you may access it here. Specifically:
8. No state officer, employee, or special state appointee who leaves state government after January 10, 2005 shall accept employment or receive compensation for one year:
a. as a lobbyist engaged in lobbying the executive or legislative branches of state government in Indiana;
The General Assembly, later in 2005, enacted the revolving door restriction into law, but only insofar as it applied to executive branch lobbying by former employees of that branch. The Governor, as indicated by the Executive Order, had intended more. Will he follow the directive he laid down in 2005, or the less stringent limitations adopted by the General Assembly?

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 13, 2012 09:29 AM
Posted to Indiana Government