In early May, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Robert Bentley released his tax returns, credit history and other financial information. He pledged to lead a new era of transparency and higher ethical standards if elected Governor. The Tuscaloosa doctor said:
As public officials, we should be held to a higher standard and be willing to be more open with our lives than the average citizen. I have decided to lead by example.
Rep. Bentley said he would push for all spending by lobbyists on public officials to be reported online. Now, lobbyists can spend up to $250 a day on a Legislator without having to report it. Rep. Bentley believes candidates “need to place online the amount that anyone spends on public officials.” I totally agree with Rep. Bentley on this point. Maybe one of these days, the election laws will require all candidates to follow Rep. Bentley’s lead.
Source: Birmingham News
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