According to an
editorial in the Orange County (CA) Register this week,
Orange County citizens will soon vote on an initiative that would
make their county the second one to turn its campaign finance
program over to the state's Fair Political Practices Commission
(FPPC). But the initiative's wording calls the FPPC "the ethics commission,"
which causes confusion, because many in the county...
In the last few years, one of the biggest topics in the general area
of government ethics, including campaign finance, lobbying, and
transparency, has been the effect of huge campaign contributions by
corporations and billionaires, which has become increasingly doable pursuant
to a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
These decisions do not appear to have had as much effect at the
local level as at the national and state levels. I did do...
article today in the New York Times
describes a situation that sheds light on pay to play. It involves the Westchester County (NY) county executive, who is
getting special scrutiny because he is running for governor and has,
throughout his career, as well as in this election, been openly
critical of pay to play. He is being accused of hypocrisy, but it
may just be that he does...
An essay of mine has appeared in the new
issue of the journal Public
Integrity, a special issue entitled "Changing of the
Guard: The 75th American Society for Public Administration
Anniversary Symposium: Visions and Voices of Ethics in the
Profession" (Fall 2014, Vol. 16, No. 4). Since the journal is
published commercially, I am not permitted to share my essay with you. So
I will do the next best thing: ...
This week, California governor Jerry Brown had to go back fifty
years to find someone who agreed with his view of government ethics
reform. According to an
article in the San Diego Mercury-News, in
vetoing ethics reforms that "sought to limit the types of gifts
politicians can accept and force lawmakers to disclose the names of