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News:

Arkansas: Former AR Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to $4M Charity Scam ArkansasMatters.com

Maryland: Baltimore Police Officers Convicted In Corruption Scandal NPR 

New York: You Can Put a Suit on a Problematic Witness, but Will Jurors Believe Him? The New York Times

Pennsylvania: 'Let’s cut the bull now and just be honest,' FBI agent tells Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski The Morning Call

Pennsylvania: Seven Arrested as Part of Investigation at Lackawanna County Prison PAHomepage

Texas: Five more charged in Houston in PDVSA bribery case Houston Chronicle


USA: ICE Lawyer Charged With Stealing Immigrants’ Identities The New York Times

USA: Veterans Affairs boss David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets, allowed wife to fly to Europe on taxpayers' dime, scathing report says CNBC

USA: Drugmakers Spent Millions Promoting Opioids To Patient Groups, Senate Report Says NPR


Brazil: Samba school with anti-graft message triumphs at Rio Carnival Reuters

Guatemala: Chair of Oxfam International arrested on corruption charges in Guatemala The Guardian 

Israel: Police recommend corruption charges for Netanyahu The Washington Post

Italy: Italy's anti-corruption Five Star Movement embroiled in graft scandal three weeks before election The Telegraph 

South Africa: South Africa's Zuma Leaves Office As He Entered — Accused Of Corruption NPR

 

Opinion:

How District Attorneys Can Avoid Conflicts of Interest in Campaign Fundraising The Global Anticorruption Blog (CAPI Mention)

New York State Constitutional Amendment to Promote Government Integrity


A Request to Comment

 
It is widely recognized that New York has a corruption problem. Polling shows that over 80 percent of registered voters think corruption in Albany is a “serious problem.” The current institutional mechanisms to deter corruption in state government are clearly inadequate to the task. This draft proposal, drafted by reform groups, is designed to simplify the current mechanisms, increase uniformity and fairness in the application of the law, and improve the efficacy of the current anti-corruption structure by creating a Commission on State Government Integrity with the power to both fine and discipline officers and employees in both the executive and legislative branches.   

Any members of the public, reform groups, interested organizations, persons and entities affected, experts in governmental ethics and other anti-corruption measures, academics and any others wishing to comment are invited to submit comments on the following draft of a proposed New York State constitutional amendment to deter corruption and promote transparent and honest government by March 9, 2018.

Comments should be emailed to comments@detercorruption.info.

Raising the Bar

Reducing Conflicts of Interest and Increasing Transparency in District Attorney Campaign Fundraising 

 
Make sure to read CAPI's report based on our independent review of the campaign fundraising practices of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. The report—which was requested by Vance in October 2017 following media reports suggesting that certain charging decisions may have been influenced by campaign contributions—provides seven recommendations to improve policies around soliciting and accepting campaign donations to avoid actual and perceived conflicts of interest as well as unconscious biases. Read the full report here
 
 
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