Thursday, January 26, 2006

When 'nothing improper' becomes 'improper'

Headline:
Doyle fund-raiser called

legal but improper

3rd paragraph of story:

Wednesday's report said Deputy Transportation Secretary Ruben Anthony Jr. did not act improperly by inviting dozens of consultants who compete for $100 million in state engineering contracts to a Sept. 8 barbecue fund-raiser he organized. The Ethics Board concluded that Anthony never indicated to the invitees that he would use his position to steer contracts to particular companies.

Emphasis mine, of course.

4 Comments:

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Brent said...

You forgot to mention this part of the article
While it may seem objectionable to some that a state official would organize and sponsor a fund-raiser and invite to that fund-raiser individuals who do business with the state agency with which the official is associated, Wisconsin statutes do not prohibit or restrict that practice," Morgan said in his statement.

"The Ethics Board believes that statutes should prohibit this activity."

Political appointees are barred from soliciting campaign cash at the federal level.

 
At 4:49 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

Actually, I didn't forget that. The Ethics Board's job was to determine whether anyone had violated the law, not speculate about what they wished the law was.

 
At 8:23 PM, Blogger Christopher Robin said...

Would you have thought this was kosher if the party affiliation was switched.

You can rationalize all you want about what the Doyle crowd is up to. You may be correct that everything is on the up and up but the perception is much different for most people. In politics perception is everything, why do you think the Dems have such a h--d
on over the Abramoff and Terrorist eavesdropping stories.

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger publius said...

Remind us all again how the ARMPAC donations to Green and Ryan were improper...

 

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