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The accusations made by New York's Inspector General that the executive
director of New York's Commission on Public Integrity leaked
information about an investigation to a close associate of the target of the investigation (the governor) are very upsetting. But there are
two important lessons to be learned here.
One, ethics commissions should be as independent as possible, so that
when such things occur, it is clear that they are personal rather than
political issues. And two, ethics commissions must manage their staff,
as difficult as this might be both personally and in terms of time. And
I say this as the staff of a public financing board.