Policing the politicians; state ethics commissions lack muscle

By Caitlin Ginley

Underfunded, politically crippled commissions frequently do little more than slap wrists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma Ethics Commission":

"… n had a budget of $725,000 in 1999; now, it’s at less than $284,000. The Oklahoma Ethics Commission only has one investigator and one attorney among its five-person staff, wh …"

Lobbying laws in the states

By Neil Gordon

A round-up of lobbying laws that have recently been enacted or changed

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma Ethics Commission":

"… period for legislators and other elected state officials. That month, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission considered raising the amount that a lobbyist can spend in a year on any s …"

Watchdogs on short leashes

By Kenneth Vogel and Leah Rush

For most legislatures, ethics enforcement is an in-house affair; for the rest, agencies that oversee them are kept on a short leash

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma Ethics Commission":

"… nd duties of the commissions in those states' respective constitutions.The Oklahoma Ethics Commission and Rhode Island's agency are the only two commissions that can create eth …"

"… islature and prosecute violations of those rules as civil infractions. The Oklahoma Ethics Commission would never have been granted such wide-reaching powers were it not for th …"

"… Standards and Practices Commissions.Even the constitutionally established Oklahoma Ethics Commission, which executive director Hughes asserted is the most powerful ethics comm …"


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Oklahoma