Using government employees for private purposes is one of the most
common ethics code violations.
This violation is especially bad because it involves coercion of
individuals, in this case subordinates who are not in a position to say
no. Coercion and intimidation rarely occur outside of a poor
This violation also shows a serious failure to recognize the boundary
between public and private, which is the heart of government ethics.
And three, this violation is usually the tip of an iceberg. When it
comes out, and the government or a local newspaper delves further into
the official's conduct, a lot more usually comes out, for the very
reason that the violator has a serious problem with boundaries.