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Money & Influence 03.9.2015

Midlands Voices: Hole in law hides gambling, tattoos, more

The Nebraska legislature has a problem: laws that allow for campaign finance fraud to go undetected. Common Cause Nebraska and Jack Gould call for reform.

OPPD Earns Praise for Restarting CEO Search

Jack Gould of Common Cause Nebraska weighs in on accusations that OPPD violated state open meetings and public records laws.

School boards back bill to OK more closed meetings, while media groups oppose it

Bill proposes moving more public meetings behind closed doors. Common Cause and Nebraska's media opposed the measure.

Ricketts' office: Staff shouldn't use personal email for work

Common Cause Nebraska weighs in on Governor Ricketts use of personal email for state business

Money & Influence 02.23.2015

Want free trips, babysitting? Run for office, pay with campaign cash

Campaign funds can be used for all sorts of things. Many you wouldn't believe.

Ethics 01.28.2015

Questions arise after Gov. Ricketts uses his own money to add adviser to his office

Jack Gould of Common Cause Nebraska said a privately paid employee most likely would be accountable to the person who paid them — not to the public — and would most likely not be covered by laws governing ethical issues involving state officials. “It may sound good that you’re not spending tax dollars, but you’re giving up accountability,” Gould said. “It’s wrong.”

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