The Clarion-Ledger, 2/11/8

In announcing that he was going to push for campaign finance reforms, Attorney General Jim Hood on Monday suggested that he was the target of “rumor and innuendo” regarding his acceptance of prior campaign contributions from attorneys implicated in the state’s ongoing judicial bribery scandal.

Yet at the same time he’s talking a good game about openness in government and transparent campaign finance laws, Hood’s latest foray into the courtroom on behalf of Mississippi taxpayers resulted in a sealed settlement with State Farm Insurance.

That sealed settlement ended Hood’s criminal investigation of State Farm Insurance companies after U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III found Hood had signed an “unambiguous and enforceable” agreement to conclude the inquiry.