New concerns arose today about Sen. Johnson and his financial disclosures, or lack there of. Apparently Sen. Johnson could not be bothered to answer any questions, but his staffer has assured us that there was no wrongdoing. The fact that they don’t think it was wrong shows how out of touch they are. We don’t want a senator who sneaks by on a legal technicality. We need a senator who understands there is a difference between illegal and unethical. A senator with enough common sense to think that their constituents might be interested to know if they were making million dollar decisions that directly affected a company his wife was working for.
Steve Ellis, vice president of the government watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, said debating the definition of earmark distracts from the most important issue – Johnson supported additional funds for a program he knew employed his wife.
“To me that is still Congress exerting their will and adding additional money,” Ellis said Wednesday. “This was a program that indirectly employed his wife, and it’s hard to get past that.”
Ellis said Johnson broke no laws, and it is unlikely he would be found to have broken any Senate rules, but lawmakers should not operate in a grey area.