Tankersley Exit Interview Part 2: No rules, no order

August 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Our State needs so much help. There is such a lack of confidence in our elected leaders. The Ethics Commission can help restore that lost confidence,” said Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley in a recent interview with the Alabama Political Reporter.

Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

While he sees the Ethics Commission’s Executive Director, Tom Albritton, as a champion for a more efficient organization, he worries that the Commission could undercut Albritton’s determination to run an honest shop.

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Attorney General and State DAs Challenge Todd Opinion

September 14, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Last week, in a hand delivered letter, the State’s Attorney General was joined by all of the State’s District Attorneys, calling for the withdrawal of an opinion that gave Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) the right to lobby the legislature on behalf of her employer. 

On August 5, 2015, the commission issued opinion No. 2015-14, which, according to Attorney General Luther Strange and the State’s DAs, “practically permits an interest group (HRC Alabama) to pay a legislator (Rep. Patricia Todd) to lobby the legislature and state and local governments, we find the Ethics Commission’s legal analysis to be fatally flawed.”
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