By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
“Somebody should do something.”
After nearly five years of being rebuffed for his common-sense stance on the Ethics Commission, Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley is doing something significant: Exposing institutional corruption and the particular failings of the Commission, sworn to hold every public official to the letter of the law.
Tankersley’s interview with APR confirms what close observers of the Commission have seen over the years. By peeling back the ugly mechanisms of an almost lawless Commission, Tankersley has exposed members who routinely entertain ex parte meetings with those seeking favorable outcomes on advisory opinions. Will it stop? Will these revelations curtail the practice of granting sweetheart rulings for lawyers, lobbyists and their well-heeled clients? Will the Legislature step in and follow through on the ethics reform package prepared by the Attorney General’s Office for last session?