September 24, 2010

Transparency in the AG race

AGWatch is out with a new survey that examines where candidates for Attorney General from across the nation stand on important issues including using outside counsel and contingency fee contracts.

Earlier this year, AGWatch asked 70 candidates for attorney general in 29 states to respond to a survey on the use of outside counsel and contingency fee contracts, an issue of great interest to many voters and taxpayers. The "2010 State Attorney General Candidate Questionnaire" solicits responses from candidates about their positions on five good government principles – disclosure, value, oversight, reporting, and accountability – and is intended to gauge how candidates for state attorney general, if elected, would hire and use outside counsel on behalf of the state. (Emphasis mine)

In Nevada, challengers Travis Barrick (R) and Joel Hansen (IAP) both responded to the survey while incumbent Catherine Cortez-Masto (D) did not. Cortez-Masto, it should be noted, also did not respond to TransparentNevada's recent candidate survey on transparency issues while Barrick and Hansen both did.