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  1. Appearance Problems Surrounding a Request to Audit a County EC

    ... government ethics. A situation that has arisen with respect to a proposed state audit of the Palm Beach County ethics commission has ... and procedures are in place. The audit will help disclose how the commission operates." By itself, this would make the audit appear ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-04-08 12:25 - 0 comments

  2. When Conflicts Can Help a Town Save Money -- And How to Handle Them

    ... help a community save money. An official with a relationship to a company might be able to negotiate a better deal for his town, as long as ... and the credit. But is this legitimate, and even if it is, how should it be handled? According to an article in yesterday's ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-09-30 10:36 - 0 comments

  3. Local Government EC Director Shows How It's Done

    According to an article on yesterday's Philly.com website , the Philadelphia Board of ... rules of the city's ethics code. The story is instructive in how to handle such difficult matters. (Disclosure: I know and have a lot of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-09-02 06:47 - 1 comment

  4. Clear Evidence of How Dealing Irresponsibly with a Conflict Can Undermine the Public Trust

    ... about the Internet is that it provides a clear picture of how people respond to officials who do not deal responsibly with their conflicts of interest, and ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-05-27 19:25 - 1 comment

  5. An Arrogant Response to an Ethics Report

    ... and starting off with the good is a good idea. I know how easy it is to focus on the bad and the problematic, but it is also ... reputation and reliability of the speaker, rather than the content of the speech, is what people do when they can't adequately respond to ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-06-26 09:56 - 0 comments

  6. How Not to Deal with Sunshine and Ethics Matters

    I also write a blog relating to my town's government . One purpose for starting the blog, and its sister ... month. Here is a blog entry I posted this week. It shows how not to deal with sunshine and ethics matters. The explanations employed by ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-10-05 12:27 - 0 comments

  7. How Massachusetts Handles Favors and Favoritism

    ... Gwinnett County, especially the first , I spoke about how the problem of not following formal processes is a serious government ... and the town's tax collector involving just such a failure to follow formal processes (see the EC's press release ). In this situation, ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-01-06 07:44 - 0 comments

  8. How to Untwist a Straightforward Post-Employment Violation

    It is a pleasant surprise to find an intelligent conversation about local government ethics in an article and the ... a conflict of interest, which is effectively (and wrongly) how the ethics code describes a violation. But as one of the commenters points ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-07-13 08:10 - 0 comments

  9. How a Huge Corporation's Political Spending Can Change a City's Ethics Environment

    ... billionaires, which has become increasingly doable pursuant to a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. These decisions do not appear ... and state levels. I did do one blog post a year ago on how local spending by an organization funded primarily by a couple of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-10-14 09:34 - 0 comments

  10. How Loudly, Personally, and Ignorantly Money Can Speak

    ... as it did for Tom Golisano, a billionaire who appears to have been the principal force in pushing the Democrats out of power in ... said he had extramarital affairs and used cocaine. How can Golisano bring good government to Albany when he equates cocaine use ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-06-10 08:14 - 0 comments

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