Outrages of the Week

  1. KS: Attorney General Encourages Political Pulpits
    Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline actually wrote a memo entitled "Church efforts" outlining his strategy to use churches to advance his reelection campaign, including by encouraging pastors to mention campaign events during church services. Electioneering by churches violates federal law. [Talk 2 Action, 09/21/2006]
  2. CO: 527 Connected to the Governor May Be Laundering Corporate Money
    In Colorado, as in most states, it is illegal to use corporate money for elections. That hasn't stopped a 527 started by Colorado Governor Bill Owen from apparently trying to launder corporate money into the state's elections. Local blogs noticed a number of bizarre financial transactions by the Trailhead Group, a rightwing 527, and reported on it late last week. That reporting has led to a complaint filed alleging that the transactions were part of an attempt to move corporate money into state politics. [Colorado Confidential, 09/18/2006]
  3. GA: Perdue Appoints South Carolinian to Georgia Board
    Gov. Sonny Perdue is a staple of Outrages of the Week. Literally, when he leaves office, this publication will probably go out of business. What'd he do this week? He appointed a South Carolinian to a state board in Georgia. The appointee, by all respects, is held in high-regard. Still, there are pretty clear reasons why most states limit involvement in official roles for the state to people who will end up living under the rules the state adopts -- it's part of that whole government by the people thing that Lincoln spoke so highly of. [Augusta Chronicle, 09/22/2006]
  4. OH: Blackwell Sued for Failing to Follow "Motor Voter"
    Disenfranchisement, thy name is Kenneth Blackwell. The Ohio Secretary of State is being called out again for his notorious activity to undermine the democratic process. This time, the calling out is in the form of a federal lawsuit outlining violations of the Federal "Motor Voter" Act that aimed to make it easier to register to vote. The lawsuit was filed by a number of plaintiffs, including ACORN, one of the leading voter registration organizations in the country. [Plain Dealer, 09/21/2006]
  5. CO: Too Busy to Enforce Some Laws
    Colorado Secretary of State Gigi Dennis is apparently too busy to enforce a new law requiring increased disclosure by lobbyists. The law has been in place since July 1, but is still not being enforced, Dennis claims because of lack of resources. The lack of resources didn't stop her office from trying to prevent membership-based groups like labor unions from representing their members in the upcoming election. Dennis tried to enact new strict measures essentially making it impossible for these groups to get involved this fall, rules so onerous they were struck down by a judge this week. No resources to enforce the law, but time to make your own? Right. [Progressive States, 09/20/2006]