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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. Quote of the Day

    ... that they will pursue for the benefit of the rest of us a course of wisdom and fairness. Our democracy is based on a “hope,” if you ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-03-15 08:39 - 0 comments

  4. A Must-Read Editorial

    ... they were doing so only to improve it (but never, of course, did). Even numerous pay-to-play scandals weren't enough to get ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-12-21 08:20 - 0 comments

  5. Lobbying An Ethics Commission Should Be Lobbying

    ... to register or disclose whom they are representing. Of course, the ethics commission could simply ask. But what if the lobbyist was ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-11-01 09:59 - 0 comments

  6. A Serious Election-Oriented Conflict of Interest in Southwest Ohio

    ... prosecutor and knows nothing about the investigation. Of course, beyond there being a conflict here, there is also the issue of voter ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-10-21 09:33 - 0 comments

  7. New Poll Results on Corporate and Union Independent Expenditures

    ... rare to have such a response on any important issue. Of course, most people don't truly understand the Citizens United decision. But ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-02-19 08:19 - 0 comments

  8. Summer Reading: The Righteous Mind II - Individualistic vs. Sociocentric Societies

    ... is talk of financial disclosure requirements. And, of course, government officials speak of their right to legislative immunity, even ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-07-18 19:04 - 0 comments

  9. Donations FAQ

    ... 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 18:06

  10. Local Government Attorneys - More or Fewer Ethics Rules?

    ... this chapter, except licensed attorneys at law acting in the course and scope of their duties as such, who are subject to the rules of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-11-03 10:18 - 0 comments