Monday, September 14, 2009

Montee Raises Conflict of Interest Issues With Lobbyist Contributions

State Auditor Susan Montee said that the state House and state Senate should reconsider soliciting donations from lobbyists to pay for things like Christmas parties, retirement receptions and lapel pins.

Montee released two audits targeting the General Assembly's practices Monday.

Read the Senate audit HERE.

Read the House audit HERE.

Montee said the main problem with the Senate is that the body has set up a private bank account for the contributions, that she does not view as allowable.

Montee said the main problem with the House is a lack of disclosure, and that lobbyists should be required to disclose their contributions.

"We do have significant concerns over potential conflicts of interest . . ."


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