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 state government and the state for decades. Previously with the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha Sun, he is a member of the Omaha Press Club's Hall of Fame. He grows hops, brews homemade beer, plays bass guitar and basically loves traveling and writing about the state. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation.