One can only speculate why the ethics bill signed yesterday by Governor Perdue did not include a provision that would make politicians personally liable for campaign finance penalties. Perhaps it has something to do with the ongoing drama that is the Perdue Campaign and its failure to report $56,000 in flights taken during the 2004 and 2008 campaign cycle. Are elected officials in the General Assembly and Governor’s Mansion not confident enough in their campaign finance compliance team to take responsibility for its actions? Governor Perdue, like any politician, is proud to sign ethics legislation holding other people accountable. However, when it comes to a provision that would hold politicians accountable for the actions of their own campaign, self-interest apparently trumps accountability. Read the N&O article here and the bill here. Please find a previous blog post discussing the provision here.
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