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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Republicans bash Democrats on ethics

After reading a story in the Montgomery Advertiser on Tuesday, the Alabama Republican Party lashed out at Democrats for not considering ethics a priority.
Republicans criticized Jim Spearman, executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, for stating that he does not hear that banning money transfers between political action committees is a top issue among citizens in Alabama and that there are other priorities. Democrats running for the Alabama House of Representatives and Senate did make passing a PAC transfer ban and other ethics reform part of the agenda they wanted to pass in the first 10 days of the 2007 legislative session.
Republicans have criticized Democratic lawmakers for including a PAC ban and other issues in their 2006 covenant with voters and then having made little progress three years into this term.
The Tuesday release suggests Democrats are opposed to transparency. Transferring money between political action committees helps to hide the original source of contributions.
State Rep. Mike Hubbard, chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, called the Democrats' covenant "simply empty rhetoric, and not a sincere commitment to ensure transparency in government."
"The majority's arrogance on ethics reform shows that their only real priority is staying in power," Hubbard said in a statement. "It is a shame that Democrats are working so hard to fulfill their commitment to the special interests - while completely ignoring the people’s interests."

You can read the full article by Markeshia Ricks at:
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200906301454/NEWS0201/90630035

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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