DeWeese proposes “ethics training”

Philadelphia Inquirer on how Bill DeWeese plans to “clean up” Harrisburg in the wake of the Attorney General’s investigation of his office in the Bonus-Gate scandal (among other things):

The new rules for House Democratic staffers – from a stricter code of conduct to mandatory ethics training – come from recommendations by a “risk management” consultant hired in March amid public criticism that the caucus awarded $1.9 million in bonuses last year to 678 caucus workers.

DeWeese (D., Greene) brought in Chadwick Associates, a Washington-based consulting firm, before State Attorney General Tom Corbett launched a grand jury probe to examine whether government bonuses were handed out to legislative aides from both parties last year as a reward for off-the-books campaign work.

Through the end of August, DeWeese has paid the consulting firm $180,000 from a state discretionary account he controls.

Here is some FREE ethics advice: Don’t spend taxpayer money on consultants to clean up your image.