THIS WEEK IN ETHICS NEWS

Each week we highlight the latest news of politicians and the powerful being held accountable for their actions. As a government watchdog, we are working to restore public trust in our public institutions by shining a light on the work being done to promote good governance. Here are the top stories from this week in ethics news.

Intercept - Ryan Grim

The Bloomberg-owned Hawkfish, which ran the presidential campaign of Mike Bloomberg, is in serious talks to serve the presidential campaign of Joe Biden, according to sources with knowledge of the ongoing negotiations. Along with Biden’s campaign, the firm is courting a wide swath of other progressive and Democratic organizations, opening up the possibility of Bloomberg gaining significant control over the party’s technology and data infrastructure.

ProPublica - Robert Faturechi

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, has come under fire in recent weeks for unloading stock holdings right before the market crashed on fears of coronavirus and for a timely sale of shares in an obscure Dutch fertilizer company. Now the North Carolina Republican’s 2017 sale of his Washington, D.C., home to a group led by a donor and powerful lobbyist who had business before Burr’s committee is raising additional ethical questions.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - James Salzer

Georgia’s ethics commission may next week consider allowing state lawmakers to raise campaign money while the 2020 General Assembly session is suspended due to the coronavirus, something that has so-far been outlawed.

Sidney Herald - Eric K. Gill

Sidney state Rep. Joel Krautter on April 10 filed a campaign finance complaint against a Montana group, which he called a Political Action Committee (PAC), for alleged false representation.

The Hill - Zack Budryk

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) on Tuesday sued Facebook, alleging the social media giant did not properly disclose details of its political ad sales. The lawsuit marks the second time Ferguson has sued the company, with Facebook paying $238,000 in penalties and legal costs following a 2018 lawsuit. The state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) rejected a proposed $75,000 over continuing violations in February, instead referring a complaint to Ferguson’s office, the Seattle Times reported.