Bigger Pie has been advocating for the reform of Mississippi’s very lax campaign fund raising, spending and reporting laws for some time. We applaud the current reform efforts as covered in this Clarion Ledger article but reserve congratulations until we see the final product and read the fine print.
On February 29, an article in Forbes came out with an article detailing a US 2nd District Court opinion that involved Mississippi litigation outsourced by Jim Hood that involved a lawsuit involving an alleged kickback scheme.
For many Mississippi politicians, campaign funds have become personal expense accounts or a second income.
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann wants to close a campaign finance loophole that allows candidates and elected officials to record disbursements to credit cards and online payment services such as PayPal on their campaign finance statements without any itemization.
As 2015 draws to a close, news in Mississippi was dominated by an election, more problems with the controversial Kemper power plant and civil asset forfeiture.
Legendary venture capitalist Vinod Khosla backed a startup called KiOR as part of his ambitious push for green energy. Now KiOR is bankrupt, he and company executives are being sued for fraud, and Khosla’s big biofuel bet is looking increasingly questionable.
It may surprise no one that, in Hood’s campaign for re-election, those same firms are huge contributors both to Hood directly and to his largest donor, Watchdog.org has found.
Mississippi’s general election, set for Nov. 3, should see runaway races at the top of the ticket, and a chance for the Republican Party to make a clean sweep if it can retake the office of the state’s highest law enforcement officer.