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  1. Conflict of Interest

    ... confidential information acquired by him or her in the course of and by reason of his or her official duties. What does it mean to ... that his relationship would not bias his decision. Of course it will bias his decision. And not only that, it will look to town ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-02-16 20:59 - 9 comments

  2. Winter Reading: Zephyr Teachout's "The Forgotten Law of Lobbying"

    ... or the appointments to public offices, or the ordinary course of legislation, are void as against public policy, without reference to ... residents can afford to hiring a lobbyist. They could, of course, join together and hire a former council member to lobby for them. But ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-02-13 13:50 - 0 comments

  3. Make a donation !

    ... be a good method to get a donation to us. We also of course can accept a check - again this is a low-cost option and would be ...

    DonMc - 2008-08-26 16:16

  4. Political Consultants, Lobbyists, Term Limits and Contribution Limits in Missouri

    ... "legislative lobbyist" as someone "acting in the ordinary course of employment, which primary purpose is to influence legislation on a ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-10-21 07:03 - 0 comments

  5. Two Aspects of a Poor Ethics Environment

    ... gap between the official version of events and their actual course, between rules and practice, appearance and reality." This isn't exactly ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-03-01 07:20 - 0 comments

  6. Misuse of Official Commendations

    ... that are being done in the community. But it is also, of course, a form of preferential treatment. For every individual and organization ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-01-17 13:53 - 0 comments

  7. Confidential Information

    ... "Confidential information" means information obtained in the course of holding public office or employment, or as a contractor to the city, ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-02-16 21:04 - 0 comments

  8. Patronage - Good for Politics, Bad for Administration

    ... do with effectiveness, efficiency, or transparency. And, of course, patronage makes people think government is cronyism, benefitting the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-11-26 08:35 - 0 comments

  9. Ethics Professionals Need to Defend Their Own

    ... including one by a sponsor of the bill. Although, of course, the bill does not mention Sexton by name, it is a bill directed toward ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-07-19 09:24 - 0 comments

  10. Confidential Information Provisions, Ethics, and Transparency

    ... information is in the public interest, for example, in the course of blowing the whistle on improper conduct by other officials ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-09-21 15:28 - 0 comments