Last August, I wrote a
blog post about the mayor of Tulsa accepting free legal services
from an attorney who represented Tulsa in certain matters, that is,
from a city contractor. The matter involved the council possibly filing
charges against the mayor for allegedly lying about a federal police
Due to poor language in the ethics code, and some poor interpretation, what is a fairly...
On December 6, according to an
article on the Chicago Talks website, Chicago mayoral candidate
Rahm Emanuel promised that he would make many ethics reforms to “change
the culture” of corruption and cronyism at City Hall.
Emanuel said he would require city employees to wait two years after
leaving their city jobs before lobbying their former colleagues. He...
Two months ago, a book was published called The
Jersey Sting, by two Star-Ledger reporters, Ted Sherman and Josh
Margolin. It provides the history of an enormous federal sting
operation which led to the arrest of dozens of government officials,
most of them from local governments, on July 23, 2009 (see...
Kerry Cavanaugh, a Los Angeles Daily News columnist, got it wrong when
she started a
column, "Here's another reminder that politicians are not
like you or me. If I get caught taking inappropriate gifts or violating
the company's ethics policy, I might be fired, suspended without pay or
forced to open my wallet to pay the penalty. If a politician gets caught
breaking the rules on the job, he or she can...