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Ethics

Public service is a public trust

Ethics

Public service is a public trust
It’s a question of knowing right from wrong, avoiding conflicts of interest, bending over backwards to see that there’s not even a perception of conflict of interest.
President George H. W. Bush, January 23, 1989

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Ethics Cases and Actions

For 30 years, the Texas Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) has deterred public corruption and provided transparency in elections by enforcing the state’s ethics, campaign finance and lobbying laws. CLC is urging the state circuit court to uphold the state’s constitution and allow the Commission to continue fighting corruption and safeguarding the integrity of Texas’ political processes.

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Congress should pass and President Joe Biden should sign into law the comprehensive set of democracy reforms outlined in H.R. 1/S. 1 to advance the freedom to vote, strengthen ethics laws, end partisan gerrymandering and decrease the influence of wealthy special interests in our political system.

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Montana has strong transparency requirements for businesses that make political contributions and expenditures while seeking lucrative contracts with state government agencies. CLC is urging the court to uphold these requirements, which advance core First Amendment principles in promoting political transparency and prevent corruption in government contracting.

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Our Lawmakers Must Enact and Enforce Clear Ethical Guidelines and Laws
Holding Officials Accountable
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Congress failed to give the Office of Congressional Ethics all of the tools necessary to do its job, undermining public confidence in the integrity of democratic institutions.

CLC Watchdogs for Ethics Violations
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In the face of reports revealing alleged illegal acts by employees or associates of the Executive Branch regarding the United States' relationship with Ukraine, Campaign Legal Center called out the Trump White House for multiple violations of ethics laws.

Principles for Designing an Independent Ethics Commission
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A strong independent ethics agency is an essential part of a government that is representative, responsive and accountable. This type of agency provides oversight that is critical to a functional democratic system overseeing ethics, financial disclosure, lobbying and campaign finance laws. Read more.  

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