After a Super Bowl trip, a state ethics commission looks like a good idea
Did anyone notice the huge coincidence last week involving a proposed N.D. ballot measure and the Super Bowl?
Just four days after a supporters of a proposed anti-corruption ballot measure handed in a petition for review, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum was a “guest” of Xcel Energy at Super Bowl LII.
That’s the same Xcel Energy which is a major player in the state’s wind energy efforts, which the governor’s official spokesman pointed out was the main reason for the visit. During TV timeouts, it’s certainly plausible that Burgum and Xcel’s big wigs were talking about “improving services and infrastructure for North Dakota.”
Gov. Burgum and his wife were treated to luxury box seats, which likely came in handy as to avert the noise from the crowd during one of the most exciting games in Super Bowl history.
Four days before the big game, backers of the proposed anti-corruption ballot measure said there are “a lot of little opportunities” for unethical behavior in North Dakota. With that in mind, they are hoping to amend the state constitution and establish a state ethics commission that could investigate alleged violations “related to government ethics, lobbying, gifts to public officials, conflict of interest, government contracts, recusal, campaign finance, or corruption.”