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  1. When an EC Is Dependent

    ... opinion, the assistant secretary of state's request for a working paper, and the EC's inability to fight this request is, according to the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-03-06 16:34 - 0 comments

  2. Theories of a Legislator's Role That Lie Beneath Definitions of Corruption

    ... Mich. L. Rev (Vol. 111)), on SSRN. The core argument of her paper is that defining legislative corruption requires a theory of ... particular theory involved, what we can take from Hellman's paper is the recognition that "to define corruption requires articulating the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-04-25 08:16 - 0 comments

  3. Mr. No - The White House Ethics Guru

    ... Government ethics appears to move slowly, but Eisen's working life is so far primarily a series of emergencies. That means the ethics program is working, because people are asking for advice before they act. In 2003, ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-03-16 11:00 - 0 comments

  4. High-Level Officials and Agencies Where Their Family Members Work

    ... in the city's Head Start program; a brother who is a laborer working for the Department of Public Works; a sister who works as a customer ... council president with four members of his immediate family working for his government. The fact is that none of these family members ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-03-01 11:37 - 0 comments

  5. A Miscellany

    ... local landfill. It just so happens that the mayor's town is working with the landfill company to extend the landfill into his town. Also ... the one-year wait time between leaving county employment and working for one of its consultants. This is a valuable post-employment rule. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-01-10 10:57 - 0 comments

  6. Selection and Oversight of Consultants

    ... No one actually knows how much these receivers are working, how they are chosen, or what. The most disturbing thing is that many ... mastermind of the scheme appears to have been not someone working for the city, but rather a city consultant. Too often, local ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-06-21 15:35 - 0 comments

  7. Winter Reading: The Ethics of Lobbying

    In preparation for the chapter on lobbying that I'm working on, I just finished reading a 2002 book entitled The Ethics ... of free speech and, where it involves groups of people working together, of free association. But the center makes it clear how ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-01-21 14:01 - 0 comments

  8. Legislative Immunity, Local Government Attorneys, and Bell, California

    ... of California Cities City Attorneys Department conference paper entitled "Crisis Management and Restoring Public Trust After Bell" ... The conclusion of the city attorneys who drafted this paper is worth sharing, since it speaks to the group of individuals I feel have ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-05-09 13:28 - 0 comments

  9. EC Members Aiding or Supporting Political Candidates

    ... serious conflict of interest. If the mayor removes a member working for an opposition candidate, it looks like he's misusing his office. It ... looks like a misuse of office if he fails to remove a member working for him. What Does It Mean to Support or Aid a Candidate? Here ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-05-20 09:16 - 0 comments

  10. Two Case Studies

    ... was questioned. At the time, the council member was working as an architect on an apartment complex for the co-owner of a company ... and you need to hire an architect for a project you are working on that has nothing to do with advertising. So you hire the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-10-30 08:21 - 0 comments