National ethics group broke state laws to acquire signatures

Wherever it campaigns for political ethics reform, the activist group seems plagued by legal and ethical challenges of its own.

Earlier this week, reported that the ethics board in Tallahassee, Fla. was slammed – by its own former supporters – for conflicts of interest in the July hiring of legal counsel.

At almost the same time, a Lansing, Mich., city attorney ruled that a ethics group there broke state laws in acquiring signatures for a ballot initiative that would require lobbyists to register with the government and offers public financing of political candidates.

“The Lansing ballot initiative on the ethics board was deemed unconstitutional because it violated numerous provisions of the charter as well as state law,” Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope told

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