October 22, 2012

ANNALS OF GOVERNMENT EXTORTION: Iowa Civil Rights Commission Shakes Down Landlords for ‘Voluntary Contributions.’ “The Des Moines Register reports that for five years ending in February 2011, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission shook down landlords for ‘voluntary contributions’ in exchange for dropping discrimination complaints. The Register obtained copies of 27 settlement agreements involving about $20,000 in contributions. Unlike money from fines, which end up in the state’s general fund, the donations went directly to the commission, creating ‘the impression that justice is for sale,’ as state court administrator David Boyd puts it. The commission ended the practice after Winterset attorney Mark Smith questioned its propriety.”

I think that all revenue collected by all agencies should go to the general fund. Otherwise, it doesn’t just give the impression of corruption, it’s corrupting.