You don’t often get to write this sentence, so I had to do it:

State of New Mexico $277,230
University of New Mexico $31,950
Total from NM State Employees $309,180

Bill Richardson would be violating congressional ethics if he were still in Congress.

What am I talking about? Bill Richardson received over $300,000 from his employees. Open Secrets has the details. Congressional ethics (at least House ethics) prohibit staff from giving money to (1) their boss (because of the possibility of a raise for a donation) or (2) other members (because it would look like a back channel version of the same)

Shouldn’t it be an issue that his largest block of donors get paid by him?

Make presidential candidates live by the same ethics rules as Members of Congress.

Normally that would sound farcical, but it might be a good idea here.

1 Comment

neil · October 17, 2007 at 12:08 PM

This is a totally bogus comparison. Yes, it’s true that the Governor is on the top of the org chart. But the state employees work for the state. Congressional staff don’t work for their congressional district, they work for their Member of Congress and they lose their jobs if s/he’s not reelected.

But the most bogus part is your lede: if Richardson were still in Congress, the employees of the state would be allowed to donate to him because they wouldn’t be his employees, so he wouldn’t be violating congressional ethics.

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