And lo and behold every register lobbyist and client got an email from the Lobbyist section that announced a brand new On-Line Help page with a lot of very useful documents, mostly in plain language, that helps paid advocates register, and helps us fill out our reports EARLY and have lots of time to make corrections.
Truly a break though development for the Secretary’s public records division which reflects very well on Secretary of State Bill Galvin, a new Prince of Transparency as far as I am concerned.
cross posted on ONE Massachusetts
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this seems like the best time to say a genuine, “Thank you, Judy!” for all you do for both progressive causes as well as your contributions on this site. You are a voice of reason and source of information that enriches the discussion and debate on this site like few others.
p>That said, who knew it was possible to be both the Prince of Darkness and the Prince of Transparency at the same time? What are the physics behind that? Whatever they are, it sounds like a huge net gain for all of us.
Thank you lightiris. Means a lot to me.
p>I think the Secretary is simply acting on one of the basic laws of the public policy arena — elected and appointed officals have basic human instinct to want to make life better for a critical mass of their constituents…….. and get credit for it.
p>This post is an effort of one member of a universal unincorporated Campaign for Open Government to recognize the Secretary’s achievemement in implementing the new ethics reform law.
p>And I suspect he’s not as comfortable being complemented by this progressive as I am getting complimented by you.
I find it funny that Galvin gets front paged for doing his job for a change. That said glad he is finally coming around. Where did the Prince of Darkness nickname come from does anyone know? I am not a big Galvin fan because he strikes me as lazy and disinterested in his job, but the few times he met me he struck me as a nice and affable guy. Where did this come from?
It’s a sad commentary on our democracy if just telling people how to not violate the law makes you a distinguished advocate for open government.
p>As a follower of Third Party politics, I’m not a big fan of Galvin. The ACLU took Galvin to Federal Court in 2008 because he inexplicably tried to put on the ballot the Libertarian Presidential candidate who LOST the party’s nomination. As you can imagine, Galvin lost the case.
Its okay if he loses the case because we are the ones paying the bills.
keeping up a Prince of Darkness lifestyle on your own dime. 🙂