The Indiana State Ethics Commission cleared Gov. Mitch Daniels of any improprieties in his acceptance of a 40-foot motorhome donated by Coburg, Ore.-based Monaco Coach Corp., according to the Indianapolis Star.
Daniels, who said he will use the coach as a mobile office while traveling the state for official functions, came under fire from public interest group Common Cause Indiana after receiving the coach from Monaco.
Nina Brahm, staff counsel for the ethics commission, told Daniels’ chief counsel, Steve Schultz, in an e-mail that the loan of the RV does not constitute an ethics violation.
She said the ethics commission has jurisdiction over state employees, former state employees, and people and companies doing business with the state. However, the commission does not have jurisdiction over agencies, including the governor’s office, so gifts to agencies are not precluded.
Brahm wrote the gift ban does not apply to Daniels. “Accordingly, if people view the loan of the Monaco RV as a gift to Governor Daniels, there is no violation.”
The donation of the RV, she wrote, does not violate state procurement laws and rules because all vendors can submit bids if the state ultimately decides to buy an RV.