Veteran head of political accountability commission to retire in August

By: - January 12, 2023 10:56 am

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LINCOLN — Frank Daley Jr., who has been executive director of the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Commission since 1999, has announced that he will retire in August.

Daley, a native of Orange, N.J., called his job “fascinating” but said that he will be 69 by August and felt that it was time to “look at something else.”

Frank Daley Jr.
Frank Daley Jr., executive director of the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Commission (Courtesy of Accountability and Disclosure Commission)

 “I’ve had the opportunity to watch the Legislature, which I admire, in action year after year,” he said Thursday. “They come in once a year, do all the things they need to do, and then go home.”

“It’s pretty impressive, compared to the complete dysfunction in Washington, D.C.,” Daley said.

The Accountability and Disclosure Commission oversees campaign finance disclosure, lobbying, statements of financial interest and conflicts of interest at the state and local levels. It can impose civil penalties for violations of state campaign laws.

Daley, a graduate of the Creighton University School of Law, served as legal counsel for the commission prior to taking the executive director’s job. He is the fifth person to hold that job.

The topic of Daley’s retirement, and the process of choosing a successor, is on the agenda of the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Commission, which meets Friday.


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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska Legislature and Nebraska state government for decades. He started his career reporting for the Omaha Sun and later, editing the Papillion Times group in suburban Omaha. He joined the Lincoln Journal-Star as a sports enterprise reporter, and then a roving reporter covering southeast Nebraska. In 1990, he was hired by the Omaha World-Herald as a legislative reporter. Later, for 15 years, he roamed the state covering all kinds of news and feature stories. In the past decade, he served as chief of the Lincoln Bureau and enterprise reporter. Paul has won awards for reporting from Great Plains Journalism, the Associated Press, Nebraska Newspaper Association and Suburban Newspapers of America. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation, a member of the Nebraska Hop Growers and a volunteer caretaker of Irvingdale Park in Lincoln.