We want and expect our politicians and public servants to be their very best, but we need systems of accountability in place for when they are not acting in the public’s best interest. I hope that is an obvious statement, but consider…
- Right now lobbyists may spend $250 per day on an Alabama legislator without reporting it, and the public will not know whose deep pockets are trying to influence legislation and public policy.
- Right now the source of campaign contributions can be hidden in PAC-to-PAC transfers, even contributions that would normally be illegal, and the public will not know who is trying to influence an Alabama election.
The system was in place to hold Siegelman accountable for his misdeeds that were not in the interests of good government. We need systems of accountability for these other ways in which special interests are regularly acting outside the public interest.