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  1. A New Twist on Charity Abuse by Politicians

    ... to call in a few chits. The mayor wants to get rid of the term limits law so he can run for a third term, and who better than respected charity heads to talk the mayor up publicly ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-10-20 15:37 - 0 comments

  2. Book Excerpt 1: Fiduciary Duty

    ... Government ethics codes don’t usually use the term “fiduciary duty.” However, the first substantive provision in ... to a beneficiary, which is the most common use of the term “fiduciary.” The difference is inherent in our form of government. In ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-05-31 06:36 - 0 comments

  3. D.C. Council Inappropriately Overrides EC Advisory Opinion

    ... illustrative scenarios, the opinion essentially defined the term "usual and customary constituent services," which is an exception to the ... amending its code of conduct in order to define this same term, but with far more limited language and with no guidance at all. There are ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-02-26 10:53 - 0 comments

  4. Soft Landings and Other Revolving Door Matters

    ... post-Watergate explosion of government ethics laws. One term that used by someone on the panel was new to me: "soft landing." In ... rather than a problem. Here is a typical use of the term, from a 2006 TPM Muckraker blog post : [O]ver 90 former Homeland ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-12-15 15:05 - 0 comments

  5. A Minneapolis Study of Conflicts on Development-Related Boards

    ... at only one issue that might prevent such conflicts:  term limits. It finds that term limits do not reduce the number of conflicts, because conflicts occur ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-01-25 15:39 - 0 comments

  6. How ECs Can Preserve Their Full Allotment of Members

    ... But it is not that unusual for an ethics commission, through term endings and resignations, to drop below the number required to hold a ... expressly provide that, when an ethics commission member’s term ends, that member may remain in her seat until an appointment has been ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-01-18 16:15 - 0 comments

  7. The Philadelphia Ethics Board's Proposed Gift Regulation

    ... to influence." De Minimis Exception The first term is effectively a de minimis exception to the gift ban. That is, gifts of ... gratuities. With gratuities, the regulation simply uses the term "directly or indirectly." This is part of the basic gratuity provision. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-11-20 10:24 - 0 comments

  8. North Carolina Legislature Is About to Pass a Nearly Worthless, and Possibly Dangerous, Local Government Ethics Law

    ... range of meanings. Does it include conflicts of interest, a term that only appears, almost magically, in the education section of the ... word "impropriety," usually used in an ethics context in the term "appearance of impropriety," does not refer to appearances. Appearances of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-07-17 11:22 - 0 comments

  9. The Carrigan Oral Argument: How to Deal with Vagueness

    ... over the past year, was the last oral argument of the term. Was this putting local government ethics in the caboose or saving the ... a private capacity to the interests of others" (an unusual term) to include family and business relationships, as well as "any other ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-05-04 11:57 - 5 comments


    ... The Mayor is elected on a non-partisan basis to a four-year term. The Honolulu City Council is the unicameral legislative body. ... Attorney is elected on a non-partisan basis to a four-year term. The City & County of Honolulu is one of only a handful of U.S. ...

    DonMc - 2006-06-24 16:27 - 0 comments