Ethics Commission Declines to Fine Ingram

The Tennessee Ethics Commission has declined to fine political advisor Tom Ingram and his partner Marcille Durham for failing to disclose of lobbying relationship, the Tennessean reports. Commissioners decided not to penalize Ingram and Durham for not filing paperwork in 2012 and 2013 showing they had been hired to lobby for Hillsborough Resources, a firm hoping to win permission to mine on public land on the Cumberland Plateau, eliminating the serious allegations that Ingram exhibited inappropriate influence over Gov. Bill Haslam and Mayor Karl Dean’s administrations.